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School to Seas

Young women to try defence trades in two immersion programmes

4 February 2020

A taste of life on the sea or in the air will be a reality for 72 female year 13 secondary school students this April 2020.

School to Seas and School to Skies will give young women from all over New Zealand, a unique exposure to, and a more detailed understanding of technical aviation and maritime trades through hands-on experiential learning.

Depending on the programme, selected participants will get to plan a mission, build electronic components, experience life aboard a ship, gain navigation skills, fix real aircraft, fly a simulator and learn more about engineering fundamentals.

It is hoped that these two programmes will encourage more females into technical trades, both in the RNZAF and the RNZN, such as Engineers, Aircraft Technicians, Communication System Technicians, Marine and Electronics Technicians and Navigation Warfare trades.

The programmes are open to all young women throughout New Zealand in year 13 who are taking a Level 3 NCEA (or equivalent) maths AND science subject.

Both programmes are free, the only cost to be met by participants is travel to and from Auckland.

School to Seas runs 13-19 April and School to Skies runs 18-25 April 2020.

Apply now at:

Applications close 02 March 2020.



Pupils from two Northland schools experienced a day in the Bay of Islands on offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington, after winning a Royal New Zealand Navy-sponsored primary school art competition.

Ahoy Waitangi, a Waitangi Day-themed competition, invited Northland year five and year six students to submit artwork on what Waitangi Day means to them.

Students from Whangarei Primary School and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro, in Kaitaia, were judged equal winners, and the classes were invited to Opua to board Wellington for four hours of fun activities in the bay opposite the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Over the four hours, every student was launched for a fast series of manoeuvres on an RNZN rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB), while others delighted in using the fire hoses to see if they could reach the RHIB as it came close. They also toured the bridge, mess decks and crew quarters, and watched demonstrations of fire-fighting equipment.

RNZN chefs provided a buffet lunch on the flight deck for the children, parents and teachers, with the ship’s crew joining in.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro teacher Taihera Heka, who attended with 20 children, said the children were over the moon to be invited.

“How often do you get to do something like this?” she said. “It was pretty exciting and more than what we expected. Hopefully one of them in the future will have a think about joining the Navy.”

Photo caption: Pupils from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro activate one of the ship’s firefighting hoses.


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