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Background Information


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Background Information


Makahika OPC

2014 Licensed as an Award Unit for the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

Makahika OPC provides all components of the Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey programme.  We will work with schools or individuals to meet timings and dates that best suit you.

We can coordinate fixed dates across your school’s DofE programme, writing into your term calendar the dates that best meet your school’s needs.

We have multiple clients, training over 700 students each year. We can provide training for between 5 and 120 students at any one time, over two-day training weekends through to five day residential programmes, during which training and practice journeys will be undertaken.  

Locations are flexible – our teams can travel to a location of your choice, or you can bring students to Makahika OPC in Levin.  We have trained in the Kaweka’s, Rimataka & Tararua Ranges, Abel Tasman, and other locations to meet our client’s needs.

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Training Programmes


Training Programmes


Example of training programmes:

Programme One
We provide training in the Kaweka Ranges for a large girls secondary school, with over 300 students participating in 12 training weekends during the year.  

Programme Two
A Wellington school has 120 students participate in a four-day training and practice journey programme, with options for mountain biking and tramping (introductory grade, intermediate grade and advanced grade), designed to allow boys of all fitness and experience levels to receive the ‘same training content’ in varying physical environments.  Teams are located between Holdsworth and Makahika OPC in Levin.  This allows the fit, experienced, boys to be physically and mentally challenged, and the less physically capable boys to be successful in an environment that is foreign to them.

Programme Three
Six students book into a residential programme at Makahika OPC for a ‘small group’ training and practice journey – 6:1 ratio with an instructor.

Programme Four
14 students select a date and location to suit their group, and Makahika OPC provides a Safety Management Plan and qualified instructor to provide training and supervision.

 
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Certifications & Qualifications


Certifications & Qualifications


Certification, qualifications & safety protocols

We are a certified Adventure Activities Provider, subjected to external annual audits of our Safety Management Plan, of which our bush-craft programmes are part of.  

Our instructors are industry-qualified, highly experienced bush-craft and/or Search and Rescue specialists.  We carry DeLorme inReach devices (personal locator beacons with text messaging capability), which allows our teams to be ‘live-tracked’ by our operations manager from Makahika OPC, receive regular text message updates via satellite. Teams can also text communicate between groups on route.  We are first aid qualified, and carry group emergency equipment.

 
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Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award


Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award


Programme Dates:

  • 1st week of every school holidays
  • As arranged with the school – annual planning
  • To meet your group needs – form a group, identify a date and we’ll provide an instructor to meet your needs
 

For more information, and to register for any of our Duke of Edinburgh activities, please follow the link below.