Hopeful of a lasting partnership with the Spirit of Adventure Trust

23 Nov 2021

Hopeful of a lasting partnership with the Spirit of Adventure Trust

During the Covid-19 lockdown in Auckland, the Spirit of new Zealand, a tall ship owned by the Spirit of Adventure youth development trust, operated mostly out of Tauranga and was a familiar sight in Mercury Bay. 

On Tuesday last week, the 40 students and crew onboard the ship came ashore at Buffalo Beach in Whitianga to help the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust, the Department of Conservation and Thames-Coromandel District Council to weed the dunes in front of Buffalo Beach Reserve.

After welcoming the students, telling them more about the history of Whitianga and putting them to work, Kim Lawry of the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust told The Informer that they hope to form a lasting partnership with the Spirit of Adventure Trust. “It is great to have students from the Spirit of New Zealand help us with our work at the Whitianga foreshore,” he said. “Helping out with vital conservation work is always good for the soul, I’m sure it will be an enriching experience for the students. It will be great to see more of the Spirit of New Zealand in our part of the world, even when the ship is based in Auckland again.”

During the course of this year, 24 students from Mercury Bay Area School took part in Spirit of New Zealand voyages.

Pictured is Kim welcoming the students who helped out in Whitianga on Tuesday.