12 students, 6 schools and 1 trophy!

Kaitaia College take out this year's challenge!

It was our 10th Taitokerau Tallship Challenge voyage and it was 3rd time lucky for the team of Katie Thompson and Kira Watson from Kaitaia College. Having applied twice before but been unsuccessful, when they did make the selection, they put everything in to it!

It was such an educational trip which has helped me become a better person and meet so many amazing people. Throughout the trip, the activity I enjoyed the most was the games and challenges. They were so much fun and really helped our group bond. I loved learning all the ropes and how to sail such a beautiful boat. I felt really luck and privileged to be able to do this. 

I also found some aspects of the trip challenging, as I am not a very competitive person, but still tried my best. Overall, this voyage is something that has helped me become a more aware, educated and grateful person. 

Katie Thompson

Thank you as always to our wonderful sponsors Northpower and Top Energy

The ultimate leadership challenge!

It’s the 11th year for the Taitokerau Tallship Challenge sponsored by Northpower and Top Energy and we are proud to have them as our sponsors. This is a competition to find out which school team can demonstrate they have what it takes in terms of leadership, initiative and of course teamwork.

Teamwork will play an important part for the selection of the winning school, and the winning team will also demonstrate that they can work not just with the partner from their own school, but also members from other schools to complete their tasks. There will be physical hard work, some mental challenges as well as a lot of fun.

Challenges set during the 7-day voyage will be based on a range of activities such as sailing, physical activity, standard of daily drills and duties, swimming as well as positive interactions between others. They will also need to demonstrate that they understand Safety at Sea and how they can work together to ensure they complete the challenges in a safe and responsible way.

The Tai Tokerau Tall Ship Challenge will be held once a year and is open to all schools with secondary aged students. School places are allocated as follows:

  • Whangarei District / Kaipara districts (3 places)
  • Far North District (2 places)
  • Any Northland school (1 place)

Only 6 schools can compete so schools wanting to enter will need to register their interest as soon as possible. For more information, or to register your school’s interest please complete the application form.

Kaita College take out the Taitokerau Tallship Challenge

Paul Doherty (GM FInance) from Top Energy with Katie Thompson and Kira Watson from Kaitaia College with the winning trophy

Previous winners

Previous winners are:

  • Taipa Area School (2018)
  • Huanui School (2017)
  • Huanui School (2016)
  • Opononi Area School (2015)
  • Kaitaia College (2014)
  • Huanui School (2013)
  • Dargaville High School (2012)
  • Whangarei Boys (2011)
  • Bream Bay College (2010)

I also feel I have learnt so many things about the boat and myself

Kira Watson

Kaitaia College

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