Seafaring programme teaches seafaring skills to empower rangatahi
It's a simple formula they've been using for more than 40 years to motivate and inspire youth.
The Spirit of Adventure Trust believes the disciplines and knowledge associated with seafaring empowers young people.
Trustee Jerry Norman says they've given the ship a Māori name Te Waka Herenga Tangata o Aotearoa in the hope to appeal better to Māori youth.
"I ngā wā o mua, torutoru noa iho nā te mea he iwi tātou katoa ngā Māori puta mai i te moana haere mai i konei. Engari i tēnei wā kei te piki ake ngā tatauranga tauira Māori e haere mai nei ki te mahi [i] ngā mahi a Tangaroa mā runga moana."
Norman has been on the trust for the last two years, advocating that the five day and ten day voyages is a life changing programme for youth from the age of 13.
"He tini ngā ōhanga ki te whakahihiko o te wairua o ngā taiohi. He wāhanga pai rawa atu tēnei a tāua te Māori. Taku hiahhia kia akiaki i ngā hapū, marae me ngā iwi katoa, kia tonoa nei ā rātou mokopuna."
Luke Dayberg is a previous participant who last year received a $2500 scholarship from Mitre 10 Whangārei and says he pays homage to the ten day voyage programme to where he is today.
"It really helped me step out of my comfort zone like meeting people that I wouldn't normally talk to working as a team really. It really boosted my confidence and helped me to try becoming a leader and getting Head Boy for Kamo High School."
The programme sails regularly every month from the Auckland port.