One hundred Year 12 South Auckland school students from 11 schools from the AIMHI network were inspired and challenged at the Antarctic Heritage Trust Explorer Conference held at Manukau’s Due Drop Events Centre on 1 June.
Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Laulu Mac Leauanae opened the Conference by encouraging students to think about how they might develop their ‘explorer mindset’ – using traits of curiosity, resilience, teamwork, innovation and leadership.
Students heard from inspirational speakers including Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i, and workshopped topics led by young people who have taken part in the Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expeditions™.
Faumuina educated students on the art of wayfinding – a model that draws on the wisdom from Pacific star navigators and ocean voyagers who navigated and settled the Pacific. Faumuina has herself sailed multiple voyages on doubled hulled waka as a master navigator.
Wayfinding for Life creates a safe space for rangatahi to discuss the many challenges they face. “We’re on this journey together, navigating the highs and lows of life while celebrating whakapapa, diversity, and each individual’s vision of success,” says Faumuina.
The Trust would like to acknowledge primary supporters Sir Noel and Sue, Lady Robinson, and Inspiring Explorers™ Fund donors including Royal Society Te Apārangi, Mace Charitable Foundation and Dulux New Zealand for making the Explorer Conference possible.
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