December 14, 2016
Diving for kai gives rangatahi life skills
West Auckland rangatahi are learning the basics of diving and how to collect kaimoana from the wild west coast safely and legally.
Donovan Busby, Waipareira’s youth practice leader, has put together a dive programme funded by the Henderson Massey Local Board.
He says it’s a way to share his passion for he ocean and what he has learned from his elders about how to provide food for the whanau.
They learn more than just that mussels don’t come from Pak ‘n’ Save.
"It’s not just the life skills. It's also about the social skills, being able to survive in challenging environments so when you put rangatahi into the ocean you know they have to overcome all types of elements like the currents, the wind, the waves. It teaches them resiliance, being able to overcome those challenges. and those skills are transferable to what they encounter day to day," Mr Busby says.
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