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Aoraki Bound cultural adventure programme may return

Azriel Taylor
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An Aoraki Bound participant enjoys the water at Lake Pukaki.  Craig Pauling (Supplied)

A year after being put on hold indefinitely due to Covid, Ngāi Tahu's collaborative programme with Outward Bound may get going again.

Aoraki Bound is a 21-day programme that allows participants to engage with Māori culture and take on physical team challenges. It involves a journey to the base of Aoraki, the ancestral mountain of Ngāi Tahu Whānui.


Craig Pauling and Iaean Cranwell, who were part of creating this programme in 2004, are keen to get the course going again after it was stopped last year because of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.


"Myself and Iaean were part of putting it all together in 2004. We had the idea of doing something with Outward Bound that was special and unique for our people and that involved our whenua," Pauling said.


"The tribe wasn't confident that with lockdown and the impact on businesses and tourism in particular, that we would be able to afford some of the programmes that we had."


Pauling said there was a group of people that had been involved in Aoraki Bound since it started that wanted to work with Outward Bound and Ngāi Tahu to bring the programme back. He called on potential sponsors to get in touch.


Outward Bound director Simon Graney agreed it would be great to get the programme going again.