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An in­vest­ment in our fu­ture

Ad­ven­ture tourism in New Zealand is ‘boom­ing’ and it has been ‘boom­ing’ for a while. Our ad­ven­ture in­dus­try is enor­mous; ad­ven­ture tourism alone em­ploys over 188,000 peo­ple, that is over 7.5% of the New Zealand work force, peo­ple who are ac­tively em­ployed in ad­ven­ture tourism not the num­ber of peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate. It is es­ti­mated that we can ex­pect 4.9 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2023 that is a mil­lion more than 2016 with a spend of 15 bil­lion dol­lars! By 2023 the an­nual vis­i­tors to NZ will be up by 32%, with a dol­lar spend to match. There is now an over­whelm­ing need to ser­vice that growth and a need to nur­ture those ‘seedlings of ser­vice’ which will need to be in full bloom by 2023, just 6 years’ time. For­tu­nately, those seedlings are cur­rently be­ing cul­ti­vated ……… in schools and tertiary ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties around the coun­try. For sev­eral years now, Ad­ven­ture Mag­a­zine has been sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion providers, whether that be high school or tertiary. We have a ded­i­cated sec­tion of the mag­a­zine and web­site; we have re­ported changes and de­vel­op­ments, spo­ken to those who do the teach­ing, in­ter­viewed those who have been through the cour­ses and re­ported back on those now in the work force. We have been as­sist­ing in schools where we can and of­fered ed­i­to­rial ex­po­sure, prize giv­ing, prod­ucts and spon­sor­ship.

In schools across New Zealand we are see­ing out­door ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses flour­ish­ing; tra­di­tional PE has more of an aca­demic lean than a prac­ti­cal one, and with that we are see­ing a move­ment of stu­dents to­wards out­door ed­u­ca­tion. Our lo­cal school, Orewa Col­lege will have 6 out­door ed­u­ca­tion classes and 4 PE classes in 2019. NCEA cred­its in out­door ed­u­ca­tion are gained from a prac­ti­cal hands-on ef­fort. A com­mon thread in most high school man­dates is to en­cour­age stu­dents to be­come an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, be­ing the best you can be, giv­ing back and be­ing self-re­liant and out­door ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides those life­long skills (plus fun NCEA cred­its). So as part of a grow­ing ini­tia­tive we had reached out to out­door ed­u­ca­tion in schools and of­fered to spon­sors end of year prize­giv­ing, cre­at­ing a more pres­ti­gious ap­peal to the sub­ject. We have pro­vided mag­a­zines to stu­dents na­tion­wide, en­cour­age stu­dents and staff to send in ma­te­rial that will run in a ded­i­cated sec­tion of the mag­a­zine and on­line. Next year we will look to link schools year 12 and 13 out­door ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents with ad­ven­ture-based com­pa­nies within their ar­eas to set up work ex­pe­ri­ence, cre­ate in­tern­ship and work with es­tab­lished gate­way pro­grammes. And why? Cliqued as the state­ment is, ‘chil­dren are our fu­ture.’ It is true, and with the sched­uled growth in the ad­ven­ture in­dus­try and ad­ven­ture tourism we want those stu­dents to be fa­mil­iar with all as­pects of what ad­ven­ture can of­fer and have full ac­cess to our Ad­ven­ture com­mu­nity for mo­ti­va­tion, in­for­ma­tion, ap­pre­ci­a­tion, but most of all for sup­port. It is our way of help­ing and in­vest­ing in the fu­ture. Here is some of this year win­ners

"We hope stu­dents find chal­lenges within the course, and de­velop skills to meet them. Chal­lenge could be heights, depths, dis­tances cov­ered; It is im­por­tant stu­dents are moved out­side their com­fort zone into the ‘growth zone’. "Seth Weak­ley - Out­door Ed teacher

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