Boys on five-week school camp put paid to instructor's claim of 'useless' young people

A life coach at a school camp has claimed most young people these days are useless and need more real life education.

Seven Sharp was with students from Hamilton's Hillcrest High School as they set off to Great Barrier Island for a five-week school camp run by Hillary Outdoors instructors.

Hillcrest High students went to Great Barrier Island with no devices, no classes and no mum or dad to do their washing. Source: Seven Sharp

Last night the programme reported on how the boys managed five weeks with no devices, no classes and no parents to do their washing.

The teens pushed boundaries with activities such as planting trees, building a raft, and even killing and gutting a sheep.

Life instructor Jeff Cleave believes it's just what today's kids need.

"The vast majority of our young people these days are useless," he told the programme.

"They've forgotten how to be rough and tumble. They're too enamoured in technology. The vast majority have actually forgotten where food comes from," he said.

One lad who wrestled and tied a sheep in a pen was pleased with his achievement, saying, "It's very gratifying. I did it. I did it."

The lesson from Jeff Cleave was: "If you're going to do anything in life, commit 100 per cent."

It makes a sort of brotherhood between everyone - School camp participant George

He said girls too have joined in gutting sheep on camps, "and they've stumbled away in tears and to their friends only to be supported, and then turned that around into triumph".

Back home, after the Great Barrier experience, Sam Peploe, who won two of seven awards for really changing, has taken to cooking and has grown in confidence since the camp.

"I do feel like I can think for myself a lot better. I think once I'd gotten once over the hurdle of communication and also thinking of others, I think I felt lot happier," he said. 

Another student, George, said the camp "makes a sort of brotherhood between everyone - no outcasts, everyone always involved".

One in three young Kiwis have tattoos, so why isn't the industry regulated?

Kiwi tattooists are expecting New Zealand laws to change soon when it comes to ink, as the European Chemicals Agency prepares to publish a list of potentially toxic chemicals used in some tattoos.

It's a growing trend both here and around the world, with one in three New Zealanders under 30 having a tattoo.

But unlike other countries, New Zealand's tattoo industry isn't regulated.

NZ's tattoo industry isn’t regulated, there are guidelines, but following them is voluntary. Source: Seven Sharp

There are guidelines, but following them is voluntary.

Wellington tattooist Damian Dyhrberg says it's likely some of the harmful inks are being used here, in less reputable tattoo studios or in home jobs. 

"Especially a lot of the older style inks... Most of the inks we use today are organic-based, they're not from a soot or carbon-based," he said. 

Tattoo artists in Australia are required to have a licence before inking someone, with breaches resulting in jail time, something tattooist Kyle Dyhrberg says should be enforced in New Zealand. 

"A bad piece of art can be covered up or lasered off, but if you give someone Hepatitis C or anything worse you can't take that back."



Poi boys who fought ban never wanted to upset competition organisers - tutor

The tutor of a group of Maori schoolboys who challenged a ban on them performing poi in a national competition says they never wanted to upset organisers.

Students from Hato Paora College were almost denied the chance to perform with poi at the national competition as it is often used by women. Source: 1 NEWS

Teenagers from Hato Paora College boarding school took the stage yesterday at the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition to perform poi, which is usually swung by women.

A rule change meant the boys were expected to drop the poi for a weaponry-based act, but that decision was reversed after an outcry by parents.

The group's tutor says the boys never wanted to upset organisers, but he was proud they had taken a stand.

"Pretty proud, pretty proud of them. I think it was a good test of their character," he said. 

The boys wanted to make a statement that men from their region poi, and do so well.

"Kapa haka is performing. It's all about entertaining. It's all about having fun. There's no room for politics," said Ihaia Ropata, one of the students.

"It's pretty cool how boys can alternate between, you know, a very rugged hard-looking haka, and then we can go elegant and yet still sharp," he said. 

Poi is not exclusively a women's thing but it's rare to see men perform it.

The Hato Paora College boys made a double-long poi - that's four of them - look easy, and one poi expert, Wikitoria Tuhakaraina- Simon, said their swing was special to watch.

"Double long poi - it was effortless in what they demonstrated and also delivered. I do believe that the poi judges at their level would have been not expecting that," she said.

The kapa haka competition organisers declined an interview, but a spokesman accused ONE News of "rehashing the past rather than celebrating the present" by covering the issue.