Moana New Zealand are proud to support our kiwi kids through a programme run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation (GDF), Kiwi Can.
Kiwi Can is a life skills and values programme delivered to schools by trained Kiwi Can leaders. Every child in the school attends a Kiwi Can lesson once a week, every week of the school year.
Principals say that Kiwi Can has a noticeable effect on how well their children interact with each other with significant decreases in truancy and bullying.
GDF vision is to “build a strong New Zealand by helping Grow Great Kiwi Kids”. The wellbeing of New Zealand’s young people are at the heart of the GDF. Through community focused, positive experiential learning programmes, they want young people to develop life skills and confidence, and be empowered to maximise their potential.
Kiwi Can lessons have been shown to contribute to greater communication skills, social interaction, cooperation and displays of kindness and caring.
GDF is a great fit for Moana because our values are closely aligned, manaakitanga – looking after our people our way.
An opportunity in the Whangaroa region came available and we knew there was a synergy with our business because we have aquaculture and wetfish operations in the Northland area.
In total, we’ll be helping over 600 kiwi kids in seven Northland schools.
The Graeme Dingle Foundation have been successful in partnering with schools and communities for 20 years and we’re excited to see our partnership develop.