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Walk in re­stricted ar­eas of the Te Apiti Wind­farm in a 4.6km fam­ily fundraiser for Awa­hou School.

Awa­hou School in the Po­hang­ina Val­ley has in­volved its en­tire whanau in pro­mot­ing a new fundraiser. And it’s no walk in the park.

Walk the Wind­farm is a 4.6km trek that takes place this Sun­day May 22, of­fer­ing walk­ers ac­cess to parts of the Te Apiti wind­farm not usu­ally avail­able to the gen­eral public.

Awa­hou prin­ci­pal Matt Schmidt says all as­pects of the fundraiser have been in­cor­po­rated into the chil­dren’s daily learn­ing.

Stu­dents have been util­is­ing the school’s ICT re­sources and ex­plor­ing their own cre­ative de­sign skills to cre­ate route signs for the walk.

The project also co­in­cides with the cur­rent stu­dent-led term in­quiry topic, Ki­wiana.

‘‘We’re ex­am­in­ing what is means to be a Kiwi. For our school, nes­tled in the foothills of the ranges, we see the tur­bines as a clas­sic sym­bol of our clean, green EnZed im­age and in par­tic­u­lar, our re­gion,’’ Matt ex­plains.

‘‘We stud­ied waste last term and many of our chil­dren have be­come quite in­ter­ested in how we waste elec­tric­ity and the al­ter­na­tive op­tions for power gen­er­a­tion and con­sump­tion.’’

Term 2 is also cross-coun­try train­ing time.

‘‘We’ve laid down the chal­lenge to our pupils to take part in the walk and maybe even run it, to im­prove their stamina for our big cross coun­try event.’’

He is keen for the wider com­mu­nity to join in and help fund re­sources for the school while out en­joy­ing a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘We’ve part­nered with our neigh­bour Merid­ian En­ergy to bring fam­i­lies and walk­ers of all ages this spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. You’ll gain ac­cess to parts of the wind­farm only the westerly wind usu­ally gets to see.’’

Tick­ets for the fam­ily out­ing must be pre-booked with fam­ily en­try $50, adults $20, and chil­dren (14 and un­der) $10.

May 29 is the event’s post­pone­ment date.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact event co­or­di­na­tor Kim Marcus on 021 703 799, johnand­kimm@xtra.co.nz, and face­book.com/Awa­houWalkTheWindFarm.

Awa­hou School se­nior stu­dents work on cre­at­ing route-find­ing signs for their school’s new ‘‘Walk the Wind­farm’ fundrais­ing event.

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