Update from Tongariro Centre

Tongariro Centre Manager, Jono Maxwell (pictured left) updates us on what’s been happening at the Centre…

The year started with a very productive staff training week and it was a great way of getting the team reengaged with each other after the Christmas break. It also provided the opportunity to bring any new staff up to speed and exchange new ideas and good practice between everyone.

Tongariro has experienced some unseasonal bad weather, resulting in some spectacular thunder storms requiring some agile trip planning and very active management by staff of their trips and students.

Hillary Outdoors Staff Training

Staff river rescue training in the Tongariro River

With many of our valued clients having re-booked and our programmes growing in popularity, this year is shaping up to be another busy one. We are looking forward to delivering our high quality outdoor educational programmes to an average of 100 students per week.

Our tertiary programmes are also going from strength to strength, further boosted by the free fee scheme under the new government. Late last year our application to the Tertiary Education Commission was successful with approval six extra fully funded fulltime equivalent students, bringing the total number of students on our programmes to 20 and opening the door for us to increase into the future. To accommodate the growing number of students, we have added another Tertiary Coordinator. Prajot Sabnis has moved from his position as a senior instructor into this new position – he will be working alongside Doug and Graeme to deliver the tertiary programme. Janet Prier, our Programme Manager, has taken up the challenge of overseeing our tertiary and education work streams, so will have the overall perspective of this part of Hillary Outdoors based in Tongariro. To support Janet with scheduling, we have created an additional administrative position.

Tertiary students and staff being welcomed into the Rohe of Ngati Hikairo at start of the year on Otukou Marae

We have completed a promo video which shows the centre and staff off. Have a watch here to see how a picture paints a thousand words. Also check out this homemade video from Manukura High. P.S. Don’t cry over spilt milk, the students certainly weren’t!

In Graham’s newsletter introduction he mentioned the new workshop. We are also looking at a significant upgrade to the Resource Centre. We were successful in a bid to the lotteries commission which will enable this to happen. When we get large numbers coming through the Centre, especially in winter, extra room and the ability to have a greater numbers of students indoors will be a very welcome improvement.