Hukerenui top problem solvers off to United States

The Northern Advocate
By: Mikaela Collins
Photo: By Michael Cunningham

Photo Caption: Hukerenui School problem solvers Isla Purvis, Kaia Stevens, Ryan Barnes and Holly Hayes.
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What do you do when you're worried about the future of your school's honey bees, lavender, native bush, and alpacas?

For a group of Hukerenui School children the answer was easy - find a way to save them and make them sustainable.

Now Holly Hayes, 12, Isla Purvis, 12, Kaia Stevens, 12 and Ryan Barnes, 11 - known as RATS (Responsible Agricultural Team of Scientists) - will be representing New Zealand at an international problem-solving competition in the United States. But now they need to raise $14,000 to get there.

"It's quite satisfying because of all the experiments and hard work that went in to it and then finding out it's been successful," said Isla.

 At Hukerenui School, a rural school about 30 minutes north of Whangārei, learning goes beyond books.

Two years ago a team of problem solvers won the junior championship at the Future Problem Solving Programme in the US after transforming the school's excess space with beehives, native trees, lavender, maize, an orchard and a grazing area for alpacas.

Read the rest of this story and watch the video at The Northern Advocate.