River Raft Guide Cadets reach a milestone

Published: Dec 16, 2019 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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Saturday December 14, 2019 marked a major milestone for cadets working towards their professional raft guide qualifications.

They reached the ninth week of the course (just over half way) and were already professionally guiding clients on the Grade two section of the mighty Tongariro River.

The river trips were for a locals day being run by Rafting New Zealand. The rafting company offered residents of the Taupo, Taumarunui, Ohakune, Tokoroa and National Park regions to meet the guides and enjoy a trip on one of the most beautiful river trips New Zealand has to offer.

Managing Director Luke Boddington says Rafting New Zealand has spent 20 years actively helping young people in the local community gain skills to become professional raft guides.

“Earlier this year we were honoured to have our mahi nurturing young people recognised by the Provincial Growth Fund’s Te Ara Mahi initiative. The result was enough funding to affect a monumental change not only in the rafting community, but also within the local Taupo, Tuwharetoa community. With this funding we have initiated a professional training course devoted to ten cadets annually for two years.

He said the training programme would ensure some of our most vulnerable rangatahi will have careers that can take them around New Zealand and internationally.

“It also ensures that the future of tourism in New Zealand has a focused kaupapa to strengthen its connection to our greatest resources – our environment and our people.”

Some of our River Rafting Guides in action

Some of our River Rafting Guides in action.