Learn, Grow, Lead Tamariki Camp

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Learning to surf

This February 2016, twelve kids from around New Zealand joined the Raglan community to take part in a week-long activity camp based on the challenge of learning to surf.


The Learn, Grow, Lead Tamariki Camp is one of the ways Meridian makes a positive difference to communities living near our wind farms and hydro stations. The kids come from these communities around New Zealand, and from our KidsCan partner schools.

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The Raglan community

Raglan locals welcomed the Te Uku wind farm back in 2008 and now they're sharing their beautiful environment with the Learn, Grow, Lead Tamariki Camp. The kids learnt to surf with local hero and World Waterman Daniel Kereopa.


They stayed at ecosurf retreat Karioi Lodge, run by Erin Rogers and Charlie Young. We’re continually grateful to the Raglan Surf Life Savers for watching over the community’s beaches not only during the camp but all year round. Pupils from Raglan Area and Te Mata schools joined the kids on the Camp for some of the activities, and we thank them for sharing their patch of paradise with the visitors.

  • More about Daniel Kereopa
  • More about Erin and Charlie at Karioi Lodge

Meet the kids

From communities across New Zealand, including Auckland, Manawatu, Southland, Wellington and Christchurch, this group of highly motivated kids took on the challenge to learn to surf safely. They also met a community that’s doing some amazing things to inspire us all to keep our planet clean and beautiful.


Throughout their time on the Camp the kids:

- developed confidence as they learnt new skills, such as preparing and cooking a fish
- built leadership and team-work skills through group activities
- learnt from a diverse range of inspiring people, cultures and experiences.

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Learn, grow, lead

In addition to learning to surf safely, the kids learnt, grew and led through:

- visiting Te Uku wind farm
- visiting Xtreme Waste community recycling
- trying their hand at bone carving
- learning about the area’s cultural history
- fishing, preparing and cooking together
- reflecting on their experiences with each other
- taking part in the surf graduation and community celebration of their achievements.


Water safety is central to the Learn, Grow, Lead Tamariki Camp at every level of experience. Learning to surf is a gift, but it comes with lots of planning and preparation, knowing your limits, and understanding the risks.

Check out these tips from New Zealand’s national surf life savers to remind yourself about safety in the water.

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With thanks to

Daniel Kereopa

Daniel Kereopa

Trust Waikato Raglan
Surf Life Saving Club

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Erin and Charlie
at Karioi Lodge

Karioi Lodge

Solscape

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Xtreme Zero Waste

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Te Mata School

Te Mata Raglan

Raglan Area School

Raglan area school