The keas had a great night of organized chaos making their own marble runs out of craft materials around the hall. We had some fierce competition to make the longest marble run, with great team work happening all around the place! 

What a great way to wrap up our term topic of construction. 

Cubs construct

I continue to be amazed at the active Cub programme run by our volunteer Kaiārahi.

Last night some finished their construction projects and others made stars after a discussion about Matariki. Bravo.

Out with the Old & in with the New!

A BIG thank you to The Vogelmorn Foundation for their huge grant towards the replacement of our old knackered windows – with matching period correct timber windows! We will finally be able to cross ventilate the hall and be able to look through the clear glass to see outside!

We just have the small matter of installing them now! Two frames have recently been done and are awaiting for the sashes to be painted before fitting them. Fingers crossed for more fine weekends soon??

Chris, our master hall improver (and a Group saviour) has also finally had the chance to complete our led colour changing light installation. Done with his usual careful eye for bargain purchases (combined with his DIY skills) he was able to save us lots of $$. Thanks Chris

Thanks to everyone involved in this project especially Anneleah for putting together a successful grant application. And of course David – another BSG ? who can’t help helping!

A small plea regarding volunteering. There are many ways to support the Group, and by extension our youth. Currently we are struggling to attract whānau support for everything – from mentoring our youth to fundraising for gear, hall maintenance and activities. We are introducing a waitlist policy which will help us identify and prioritise new youth members that have whānau that are happy to commit to active adult support and fundraising roles within the Group.

Hall Maintenance

A big thank you to Chris, David and John who spent a significant amount of their long weekend maintaining the Scout Hall windows. Two of the new window frames installed. The sashes are coming very soon.


Following on from our Matariki activities night the keas made a trip to the Carter Observatory to learn more about the star cluster that makes up Matariki, as well as the lore and legends behind it.

Learning about gravity with a ball run was a blast, as well as a trip into the 360degree planetarium for an immersive film experience about the stars. 

A big thank you to the fantastic observatory staff who gave us all the best time!