On Thursday the 13th of September I left Whangarei with three other students and travelled to Auckland to explore the set of The Project and to get a good look at what happens in the media industry. After spending the morning with the crew from The Project we then flew to Queenstown for what some people would say was a trip of a lifetime. At Tikipunga High we are fortunate enough to have KidsCan support us with shoes, clothing, health products and food. We flew into Queenstown and spent the afternoon taking in the sights and adapting to the cold! The following day we went on a six hour bus trip to the Milford Sound where we boarded a cruise ship. The cruise was a real highlight for me as I got to try authentic French cuisine, learnt about the history of the Sounds and got a chance to meet all of the KidsCan supporters and donors. It was all so amazing! As we gave thanks to everyone who supported our Kura, Mr Solomon gave his speech and then we sang! On our last night in Queenstown we had dinner with the KidsCan supporters and watched the All Blacks on TV! Although we lost, it was an awesome experience to share alongside my mates Tali, Bon, and Kruz! My favourite highlights of the trip were seeing baby seals, penguins, the beautiful scenery and the Cookie Time Cookie Bar!
Massive mihi to everyone who was involved – KidsCan, The many donors, Real Journey, our Kura, Tumuaki and my wonderful mates. Kia Ora! (Te Arani Bennett)