Tawa students to appear in TV series
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.’’