Tawa stu­dents to ap­pear in TV se­ries

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa school­child­ren got a taste of Bri­tain in more ways than one last week – they were given a les­son about Bri­tain by a Bri­tish teacher as part of a BBC doc­u­men­tary.

Pri­mary school teacher Rob Bo­ras­ton, from Devon in Eng­land, was in New Zealand to film an episode of BBC se­ries Wanted Down Un­der, which fol­lows Bri­tons con­sid­er­ing em­i­grat­ing to New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

To ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing in Welling­ton, Mr Bo­ras­ton took Tawa School’s year 7 and 8 class for a les­son on the dif­fer­ences be­tween New Zealand and Bri­tain.

Kate Mid­dle­ton and the Queen were at the top of stu­dents’ minds, though 12-year-old Chloe John­ston, whose Bri­tish mother teaches at Tawa, had a deeper knowl­edge. She knew peo­ple from New­cas­tle were called ‘‘Ge­ordies’’. Mr Bo­ras­ton was a hit with the stu­dents, who said they wouldn’t mind him be­ing their reg­u­lar teacher. ‘‘It was re­ally fun,’’ Chloe said. The ex­pe­ri­ence was more nerver­ack­ing for Mr Bo­ras­ton, who says be­ing filmed is a scary ex­pe­ri­ence – he doesn’t even like his pho­to­graph be­ing taken. ‘‘It’s been re­ally weird.’’ How­ever, hav­ing fallen in love with New Zealand dur­ing a fam­ily hol­i­day three years ago, he de­cided to put him­self for­ward for Wanted Down Un­der, a pop­u­lar BBC One pro­gramme in its sixth sea­son.

‘‘I just thought I’d send off an email and never thought I’d hear any­thing back. I for­got about it and then months later got a phone call,’’ he said.

He chose Welling­ton as his ideal des­ti­na­tion in New Zealand.

‘‘ Auck­land’s too big, the South Is­land’s too quiet. I just thought Welling­ton’s got a good vibe.’’

Ar­riv­ing jet­lagged with just a day to re­cover, Mr Bo­ras­ton and his part­ner, an adult spe­cial needs worker, were thrown into the Welling­ton ex­pe­ri­ence, scop­ing out homes in East­bourne and the Kapiti Coast, vis­it­ing Weta Work­shop and Wairarapa vine­yards, and get­ting a taste of work­ing life in the cap­i­tal.

The trip has con­vinced Mr Bo­ras­ton he wants to make the lifechang­ing move to New Zealand as soon as pos­si­ble.

He will miss friends and fam­ily but is rar­ing to throw him­self into Welling­ton life.

‘‘I like a bit of a chal­lenge.’’

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