Big boost for outdoor centre

00:00, Feb 13 2013

The Marahau Outdoor Education Centre has received an $85,000 boost from the Canterbury Community Trust.

The centre hosts thousands of schoolage children and community groups every year.

Children experience the classic Kiwi outdoor activities of kayaking, climbing, yachting, hiking, fishing and camping.

The camp has operated since 1989 after the closure of Marahau School, and hours of voluntary skill enable the centre to flourish.

The grant will be used toward the upgrading of the camp's water treatment and sewage system.

Centre chairman Gerald Baldwin said the centre was committed to giving kids and the wider community the chance to experience the beauty of Marahau and the outdoors.


"Seeing kids learn new skills and discover things about themselves in this environment makes all the hours of hard work well and truly worth it," Mr Baldwin said.

Other groups to receive funding from the trust last month include:

A $25,000 donation to the Nelson Cycle Trails Trust; $30,000 to the Nelson Region Hospice Trust; $15,000 to NZ Endometriosis Foundation of Nelson; $30,000 to the Victory Community Health Centre; and $35,000 to the Tasman Regional Sports Trust.

In total $269,046 was donated to groups in the Nelson region.

The Nelson Mail