Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Fwd: FW: 2018 YoungBirders Field Camp (YBFC) Expression of Interest Form - Rakiura 16-22 April 2018

Kia ora,


The Birds New Zealand youth camp is running again this year!

It will be held on Stewart Island or Rakiura – Birds NZ is looking for keen participants, aged 13-18 years old (apologies to our members who don't fit this age bracket, but we thought you might be able to share with some people who do?) and super keen on birds.


It will be a truly amazing experience, with lots of learning opportunities, along with conservation work and birding.


So if you are (or you know someone) a keen 13-18 year old, with a massive passion for birds and would love to come on this camp, please fill out the attached form and send it back to Sharon Alderson,


Also, lots of the YBNZ team will be attending, so it'd be a great opportunity to meet each other!


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sharon or myself (


Ngā mihi,


YBNZ Coordinator


From: Sharon Alderson []
Sent: Monday, 12 February 2018 5:52 PM
Subject: FW: 2018 YoungBirders Field Camp (YBFC) Expression of Interest Form - Rakiura 16-22 April 2018



Kia ora koutou –

You are receiving this email as you or someone in your family is a YoungBirder who may be interested in attending the week long Field Camp in the April school holidays, OR because you can share the Camp information with young BirdsNZ members.


Apologies that we are running a little late with the paperwork this year, but we will catch up in the next few weeks.


This email will provide you with enough information for those YoungBirders who are keen to attend this year's camp to apply.


The Camp will be held on Rakiura/Stewart Island and parts of Southland from 16-22 April  (see further details of location and activities at the end of this email)


Cost to participants will be $200 per person PLUS travel costs  to and from Camp.

Note that currently we are engaging with AirNZ to see if we can get a special rate for air travel.

Separate emails will follow with details of logistics etc once we confirm attendance.



Interested YoungBirders (13-18 years old at time of camp) MUST complete the attached form to indicate their interest and return this to me by return email by 5pm 19 February 2018.

Note that this DOES NOT confirm that you have a place at camp, it just gets you on the list for selection.

We will have space for 15 attendees this year – a little more than previous years. If we have more than 15 applicants – there will be a selection process based on the information provided on the forms.



About this year's field camp:


Organiser: Lloyd Esler

Co-ordinator: Sharon Alderson

(There will be other adults assisting & providing appropriate supervision etc )


Monday 16 April.  Fly to Invercargill.  We'll meet you.  Staying with local OSNZ members or at Beach Road holiday Camp overnight. 

 Exploration around the south coast and Oreti Beach.  Get-together in the evening.

Tuesday 17 April to Bluff, ferry to Stewart Island 9.45am  Work with DoC and local groups.

Evening out to Acker's Point for penguins, Sooty shearwaters, kiwi and bats.  Stay Stewart Island backpackers. 

Wednesday 18 April  Ulva Island via charter boat and pelagic trip out into the strait – Whero Rock etc. Stay backpackers.  DoC input.

Thursday 19 April  Local walks and activities.  Afternoon project perhaps with DoC?  Penguins, kiwi, local film, traps, five minute counts.  

Friday 20 April 8am ferry to Bluff.  Visit Awarua Bay for waders (Low tide midday unfortunately) then Waikawa Harbour and on to Borland Lodge on the edge of Fiordland National Park

Saturday 21 April To Milford Sound, staying Borland Lodge again.  Possibility of Blue ducks and Rock wrens.  Pest control along the Milford Road.

Sunday 22 April  Return to Invercargill.  Riverton Estuary, Oreti Beach, Gemstone Beach etc.

Evening – flights home.  Suggested flight is the 6.15pm one to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland



Trip reports from the last two Field Camps:




Please get in touch with me if you have questions,

I look forward to receiving expressions of interest!


Nga mihi,



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Friday, 12 January 2018


Junior Brass Band members wanted!

Learn to play an instrument!

Trombone, tuba, saxophone, drums, trumpet....etc,etc!

And all for free!

A great opportunity for your child to give an instrument a go without a huge investment.  You will also be supporting local community initiatives.

Tuition and instrument (for loan) provided.
10am Saturday mornings for about 45 min
Hokitika Brass Band Hall
Minimum age of 8 years old

For more information please contact
Justin Cook, the teacher/tutor
021 115 0479

West Coast Home Educators

Monday, 11 December 2017

Fwd: Summer Reading Challenge

Good morning. I'm emailing to let you know that the Summer Reading Challenge packs are ready for the home school children to collect from the library. If you could please forward this email so the home school families know that would be awesome. Some families have picked them up already but I don't want anyone to miss out.


Kind regards and Merry Christmas J


Krystel Woodcock
Youth Librarian
T +64 3 755 6208| F +64 3 756 9045|  /Library Website
Westland District Library, 20 Sewell Street, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842
 "Westland – The Last Best Place" 


WESTLAND DISTRICT LIBRARY is a community service provided by Westland District Council




Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Homeschool breakup

Hi there, Folks!

We are planning to have the end of year homeschool break up on the 1st of December.  Weather permitting, we hope to hold The Back Yard Olympics.

Shared meal - bring something for mains.  Drinks and dessert provided.

Pop the date in your diary.

Date: Friday 1st December
Time: 4.30pm onwards
          6.00pm dinner
          9.30pm fireworks
Venue: 32b Providence Drive, Three Mile, Hokitika

RSVP would be appreciated.

See you there!!!

West Coast Home Educators

Monday, 7 August 2017

Detectives at Shanty Town Visit!

Hi Everyone,

Just reminder that our next Shanty Town visit is on

18th of August 2017.


We are going to hold a bit of a competition for the best dressed detective. Prize, $1 packet of old fashioned lollies (our budget is tight sorry J )

So if your kids wish to come dressed up as Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew etc, it would put a fabulous spin to the day!


As per usual we are supplying our own on morning tea, lunch and drinks. 

Cost is $3.00 per school age children.  Teachers and pre-schoolers are free.


Please be at the front gate by



I have attached a letter from Shanty Town which pretty much outlines the same things I have said.  Please do read it.

If you have children that need a ride because you can't be there, please contact me.

027 671 6759



Looking forward to seeing you all there.



West Coast Home Educators

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Fwd: NZ Book Awards

Good morning. There are still some spaces left for our NZ Book Awards celebrations. We would love to have some of your students come along and get involved with some fun activities at the library.

Hope to hear from you soon.










The annual New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is being celebrated in the library during the week of the

14th – 18th August.


The Westland District Library invites your class to the library to help us celebrate one of the finalists. The book we have chosen to focus on this year is

Fuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik. Melinda Szymanik's book is a finalist in the picture book and illustration category. 


There will be an opportunity for your junior students to listen to Fuzzy Doodle being read, take part in a scavenger hunt, and get creative making their own colourful butterflies.

We will display each masterpiece in the library.


Below are the dates and times for class visits. Sessions will run for one hour.


Tuesday 15th 11am

Wednesday 16th 11am and 1.30pm

Thursday 17th 11am and 1.30pm


Please email me with your preferred date and time, remember first in first served.


Find out more about the NZ Book Awards by following the link:



Krystel Woodcock
Youth Librarian
T +64 3 755 6208| F +64 3 755 6209|  /Library Website
Westland District Library, 20 Sewell Street, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842
 "Westland – The Last Best Place" 


WESTLAND DISTRICT LIBRARY is a community service provided by Westland District Council




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West Coast Home Educators

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Homeschooling New Zealand visiting the Coast

Flexible New Qualification Framework for Christian Homeschoolers


Home Schooling NZ has been serving the Christian homeschooling community in New Zealand for the past 33 years. Until recently, they were utilising the A.C.E. Certificate framework to enable students to gain recognised qualifications.


In July of last year, HSNZ's overseeing body (the Christian Education Foundation Trust - CENZ) applied to Universities New Zealand -Te Pōkai Tara for recognition of their own university-entrance qualification, in order to free families from undue A.C.E. control. 


This qualification has recently been approved, giving Christian homeschooling families the opportunity to now tailor qualifications at any level to meet each student's specific wishes and requirements, including courses from whichever curricula and whichever supplier(s) they wish.


The current Principal of HSNZ, Todd Roughton, will be visiting Hokitika on August 11th to share about the background to this new possibility, explain the options now available, and answer any questions in relation to it.  

The meeting will be held at the home of Samuel and Kim Blight, 32B Providence Drive, Hokitika, starting at 7:00pm.

Supper provided.

All are welcome.



West Coast Home Educators