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We were privileged to host 10 boys aged 14 to 16 from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara. These boys were selected to by ATWC staff for a leadership programme run by ATWC’s Social Works In Schools. Each of the boys had been identified by their schools as being in need of more support to […]
On Friday 20th July 2018 about 60 people (including members of the public, church leaders, educators, counselors and a mix of Orama staff, trustees, members) attended the Brad Jersak workshops at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. The workshops were awesome and followed a 2 day visit by Brad and his wife Eden to Orama earlier in the week where we were […]
It is now official. After months of anticipation the local board's application for Great Barrier to be a Dark Skies Sanctuary has been successful. You can read about it here. This is a fantastic development opportunity for the island and for Orama. Orama will be integral to offering official Dark Skies experiences here in the […]
There are lots of signs spring is on its way. Great to see the daffodils springing up all over the place - especially on the bank below the Hillside houses. Here's one of Jacinda's kiddies picking flowers for "daddy". Aw, how lovely.
With the recent rain we've had a lot of water collecting on the front lawn. One morning we found a large water haematoma on the lawn where water had built up under the lawn and turned a patch into a water bed! When Arnie dug down to find the cause he found a broken drain […]
We were blest to have Hilary Foged come to stay for a week in June and another week more recently in August. As an ex landscape architect Hillary is a whiz in the garden and worked closely with Arnie to continue the transformation of the herb garden along with a myriad of other gardening and […]
After five years at Orama Kimberley and Andrew made the difficult decision to leave and go back to Canada. They have been real rocks at Orama and we will miss them terribly. Over this time we have built a deep relationship with Kimberley and Andrew and their kids Evelyn, Olin and more recently baby Emmet. […]
It's always lovely when old friends decide to drop in for a cuppa. Kay Stowell came back to visit for a few days recently - taking the opportunity to reconnect with the community after a break of a few years. It was great to have her presence at morning tea and to for her to […]
Birthday's too are part of Orama's rhythm - and we have many! Each a chance to share the good things we each have to say about the person on their special day. Here Anja blows out the candles on her cake - baked and presented by Kimberley.
The vollies we get each 6 months from ACVE are a very special part of our community. Especially so with Anja (from Germany), Emmie (from Finland) and Lukas (also from Germany). Saying good bye to vollies is part of Orama's rhythm but even so it is always hard and sad to see them go. Both […]
Andrew felled a couple of dangerous pines from behind Seaview and took the opportunity to give some training in chainsaw sharpening and handling to staff and volunteers. John, Alex and Anja were keen and help to chop up the logs for firewood. Arnie and Luke took care of mulching the small branches for use on […]
We said au revoir to the Shulz family as they left to go back home to Minnesota for a couple of months to get their affairs in order, with a view to extending their time at Orama. Whilst there were a few tears at the bridge we were happy to see them excited to be […]
Arnie organised a very special farewell gift for the Dyck family. Arnie travelled especially to Te Kauwhata to purchase a beautifully carved waka. He originally went for some poenamo but in the end it was the waka that really spoke to him. The waka was presented by Arnie on behalf of the whole community to […]