Art for travel dream

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Sixty-five Flaxmere young­sters are off on the trip of their young lives in De­cem­ber — and they are putting their hearts and souls into mak­ing it hap­pen.

The pin­na­cle of their fundrais­ing ef­forts will be an art auc­tion, be­ing held this month.

All 65 Iron­gate School Year 7 and 8 stu­dents — Puawai syn­di­cate — are head­ing to re­mote Miru Miru Marae in Marokopa, only ac­ces­si­ble by barge, about 150km north of New Ply­mouth on the west coast.

The five-day ed­u­ca­tional trip will fo­cus on cul­ture, the sci­ences, whaka­papa links, and the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences be­tween the two coasts.

“There are a lot of ques­tions for the kids to an­swer,” says deputy prin­ci­pal and teacher Tony McCann.

“Why the black sand on that coast? Why is the nı¯kau palm pre­dom­i­nant over there? Why the dif­fer­ences in the wildlife in the two ar­eas? How are some or our fam­i­lies linked to that coast? There is so much to learn.”

And of, course, there is all the learn­ing lead­ing up to the jour­ney. The children have been mak­ing for­mal pre­sen­ta­tions to busi­nesses and artists, and prov­ing hugely suc­cess­ful at get­ting spon­sor­ship and works of art for the mas­sive fund-rais­ing art evening.

The school is on track to have 60 art works on the night of Novem­ber 22, all up for auc­tion.

And there are some great pieces to choose from, in­clud­ing two limited edi­tion prints by Aroha and Friends artist Rakai Karaitiana.

“We also have art do­nated by many ex­traor­di­nar­ily tal­ented young artists from the se­nior schools across our re­gion.

“This is the chance to have a piece of their art be­fore they be­come fa­mous,” Tony says.

The children are not only re­ly­ing on their com­mu­nity for the $20,000 cost of the trip how­ever, with each com­mit­ted to rais­ing $120 through their own ef­forts.

“And they are prov­ing very re­source­ful,” Tony says.

“Car washes, cup­cakes, do­ing odd jobs for busi­nesses, chores for fam­ily, neigh­bours and teach­ers — they are re­ally get­ting into it.”

He says it had been a real plea­sure watch­ing the children re­hearse their pre­sen­ta­tions and then go on to con­fi­dently ap­proach artists and busi­nesses, of­ten com­ing away with a com­mit­ment of spon­sor­ship or a do­na­tion of a work.

“That in it­self is a great com­mu­ni­ca­tion learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them, and a real con­fi­dence builder.”

It’s a big job fundrais­ing to get all the way to the West Coast, but these kids from Iron­gate School are de­ter­mined to make it hap­pen.

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