Rauemi rangatahi to recognise young paddlers and trampers

Published 18 January 2023
Te Mahi Ako has launched two new rauemi rangatahi (youth resources) for Kiwi kura – Tramping and Camping, and Waka Ama.

Part of the Skills Active Aotearoa group, Te Mahi Ako is a national tertiary provider specialising in hands-on and work-based learning. It has developed these resources to provide a bridge between school and the workforce.

The new rauemi rangatahi are in the form of assessment tools, which are designed to be used in conjunction with a broad base of learning delivered by the kura through its outdoor education or physical education programme.

Both resources have been pre moderated by Toi Mai, the workforce development council for sport and outdoor recreation. They are available for purchase, for those schools who hold consent to assess the unit standards involved. Toi Mai manages the consent application process, and Te Mahi Ako has provided guidance to help schools get started.

The four unit standards in the Tramping and Camping resource cover weather knowledge, overnight tramping, trip preparation and contributing to a group.

The two Waka Ama unit standards cover waka ama paddling and safety skills, and demonstrating capsize drills.

“With the release of these new resources, we are upholding a long tradition of supporting schools to help students achieve credits in te ahumahi ā-rēhia – active recreation, leisure and entertainment,” says Te Mahi Ako chief executive Maren Frerichs.

“These sectors offer fun, mastery, confidence and learning opportunities for young people, but they are also great spaces in which to build meaningful careers. By getting a taste of these areas while still at school, students can hone in on their personal strengths and interests, while acquiring new skills and gaining credits,” Ms Frerichs says.

“We’d especially like to say whakamihi nui ki te Waka Ama NZ, who provided a great deal of expertise and support for the development of the Waka Ama resource,” she adds.

Waka Ama NZ has also provided helpful background information on their website, and Toi Mai has developed a dedicated application form to use when applying for consent to assess the two waka ama unit standards.

Photo credit: Waka Ama NZ


Media contact: Esther McLaren | esther@skillsactive.org.nz | 021 195 5127

Skills Active Aotearoa Group is a not-for-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, supporting capability development in te ahumahi ā-rēhia: the active recreation, leisure, entertainment and events sectors.

Te Mahi Ako is part of the Skills Active group, and supports individuals to develop themselves through real-life learning within businesses, iwi and communities.