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