Kaitaia Col­lege well rep­re­sented

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Tuiata Toka-Riki did a great job of rep­re­sent­ing Kaitaia Col­lege at this year’s Sir Peter Blake Trust Youth En­vi­ron­men­tal Lead­er­ship Fo­rum (YELF) in Taranaki.

“It was a huge hon­our for him, and he gained in­valu­able knowl­edge of environment and cli­mate change is­sues,” Ch­eryl Toka said.

Tuiata was one of 55 stu­dents selected from around the coun­try for the week-long fo­rum, and, hav­ing re­ceived very pos­i­tive feed­back from the or­gan­is­ers re­gard­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion, con­tri­bu­tion and at­ti­tude, is now el­i­gi­ble for fu­ture Young Blake Ex­pe­di­tions.

He was now keen to im­ple­ment some of the strate­gies he had en­coun­tered, and was look­ing to in­spire his fel­low stu­dents and the wider Kaitaia com­mu­nity.

Kaitaia Col­lege, Ms Toka added, was the only school of the 55 rep­re­sented that did not have some sort of stu­dent en­viro group, re­cy­cling pro­grammes and/or other en­vi­ron­men­tal schemes, and Tuiata was now com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tor for Far North schools, Jo Shanks.

He is also a mem­ber of the col­lege’s so­cial/ser­vice com­mit­tee, which he is keen to en­gage in en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly­fo­cused events. Kaeo’s younger gen­er­a­tion put their cre­ativ­ity to the test in a Trash 2 Flash wear­able arts show at Whangaroa Col­lege re­cently, with cos­tumes re­quired to com­prise at least 75 per cent re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

The show, which also fea­tured singing, drama and dance, at­tracted 48 de­sign­ers, the youngest of them just 3 years old, with prizes in age groups and for the fu­ture de­signer, in­no­va­tion and con­struc­tion, re­cy­cle/up­cy­cle and best model.

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Tuiata Toka-Riki rep­re­sent­ing Kaitaia Col­lege at this year’s Sir Peter Blake Trust Youth En­vi­ron­men­tal Lead­er­ship Fo­rum.

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