West Coast students explore nature-based career opportunities

24 March 2024
Development West Coast
Students from Westland High, South Westland Area School, Papa Taiao Earth Care, and Te Hono O Nga Waka and John Paul II gathered at Wadeson Island Hokitika for an immersive event aimed at exploring nature-based careers.

Throughout the day, Department of Conservation (DOC), NZ Landcare Trust, Conservation Volunteers NZ (CVNZ), Predator Free Te Kinga, Kamahi Planning and Developments, MBC, and the West Coast Regional Council (WCRC) facilitated interactive hands-on workshops.

These sessions provided students with environmental education experiences and a deeper understanding of conservation-related skills and the cutting-edge technology utilised by professionals in the field.

The Development West Coast (DWC) led event also saw community leaders involved in nature preservation and management on the West Coast join the students for lunch and a korero. They engaged in conversations about their career journeys, offering valuable insights and advice on potential career paths.

Zak Shaw, Project Lead of Nature Economy at DWC, expressed optimism for the event’s continued success

“We are thrilled to see the momentum of 'Rangatahi Day Out' grow in our second event, not only does this event strengthen the bond between community and our young leaders, it also lays the foundation for ongoing collaboration towards a sustainable future.”

Zak added the success of the event wouldn’t have been possible without the expertise of the people involved on the day from DOC, NZ Landcare Trust, CVNZ, Predator Free Te Kinga, Kamahi Planning and Developments, MBC, and WCRC.

“They generously shared their insights, skills, and experiences with the students, greatly enhancing the event’s value."

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