Fam­i­ly­walk for guides in gorge

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

Al­most 170 peo­ple, more if you count the fam­ily dogs, as­so­ci­ated with Gir­lGuid­ing New Zealand took to the Karanga­hake Gorge for a Fam­ily Win­ter Walk in Septem­ber.

The con­cept of win­ter walks was in­tro­duced by Mor­rinsville Ranger leader Niki Swabey last year as a way of en­cour­ag­ing girls and their fam­i­lies to en­joy time to­gether in the great out­doors.

Or­gan­ised and run by Swabey and re­gional co-or­di­na­tor Gina Chaney, the walk saw 55 guides, seven lead­ers, 75 adults, in­clud­ing mums, dads, nan­nas, pop­pas, cousins and friends and 32 other chil­dren, in­clud­ing broth­ers and sis­ters, and five fam­ily dogs from Waihi, Hamil­ton, Cam­bridge, Ro­torua, Mata­mata, Huntly, Te Puke, Tau­ranga and Mor­rinsville at­tend the event.

Chaney said the day was a great suc­cess that pos­i­tively pro­moted Guid­ing.

‘‘It was a great op­por­tu­nity to see a beau­ti­ful part of the country as a fam­ily.

‘‘One fam­ily com­mented they had passed through the gorge many times and had al­ways meant to stop and have a look - the day fi­nally gave them the chance to do this,’’ she said.

Cam­bridge Guides Caitlin Hill, left, Kait­lyn Kelly and Macken­zie Reid.

Sis­ters Piper, left, and Brooke Fisher from Taitua Rangers.

Lit­tle sis­ter Zara Green, left, with Pukete pip­pin Eilidh.

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