Plan to spread Kiwi Can

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 09:13 08/07/2014
 David Taylor
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MUCH LOVE: Kiwi Can leaders Renee Gill, left, and Diane Huntleyenjoy their last day with some of the pupils from Picton School before the end of the school term on Friday

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The Kiwi Can programme has proved a great success in four Marlborough schools this year, say teachers and Kiwi Can leaders.

The programme, which is run nationwide by the Foundation for Youth Development, was launched in the province at the beginning of the year.

Picton, Kaikoura, Linkwater and Havelock schools were the first to sign up and it's hoped it will spread to Blenheim next year.

Programme and communications co-ordinator Kelvin Watt said Kiwi Can had been run with great success around the country, and Marlborough was no exception.

"Our focus is to get another one or two schools in Blenheim using the programme, but for that of course we need to secure the funding," he said.

Kiwi Can is funded through the Foundation for Youth Development and leaders work with the children once a week at each school teaching them positive values.

The focus of this term was "respect", and according to Picton School teacher Helen Boudier pupils had taken the lessons to heart.

"We are delighted with the programme. It's really well structured and is really becoming part of the culture of the school," she said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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