College hands over youth camp
The trust that employed Victoria Cross recipient Willie Apiata has taken over an eco camp on the Awhitu Peninsula, south of Auckland.
Waiuku College has run the Awhitu Environmental Camp for 34 years but can no longer afford to maintain the facility.
It will now be run by The High Wire Charitable Trust, which will use it for youth programmes to help teenagers find jobs through life skills, adventure and trade training.
The college will still be able to use the camp's facilities.
The deal was approved by the Auckland Council's Regional Development and Operations Committee last week.
Chairman Ann Hartley described the arrangement as a "win-win" for the community and the college.
"This arrangement will breathe new life into the camp which would relieve a financial burden shouldered by the college and will help attract more visitors to our Awhitu Regional Park," she said.
The High Wire Trust, started in October 2011, has about 1200 students per month from local schools use its climbing wall and high wire confidence course in Papakura.