The tall ship Spirit of New Zealand is the second to carry young people on voyages of self discovery

The gift of adventure

by Andy Bryenton

Mangawhai’s Zonta Club is set to send a local young person on the sailing odyssey of a lifetime, teaching teamwork, leadership, resilience and more aboard the iconic Spirit of New Zealand.

The club, which brings together community members to empower and support women, has raised enough money from charitable works to fully fund the voyage, taking place later this year, and spans 10 days of sailing aboard the famous tall ship. Mangawhai Zonta seeks applications from young women age 15 to 18 who live in the Mangawhai, Kaiwaka, Wellsford, Tomarata, Maungaturoto or Waipu areas, and who want to undertake this voyage of learning and self-empowerment to achieve their goals in life.

Those who wish to apply need to complete a letter of application to assist the Zonta Club in the difficult task of selecting one worthy candidate for this opportunity.

Organisers ask: “How does the voyage fit into your personal goals, and how do you think this experience will help you achieve them?

“How you will share your voyage experiences with your school or local community?” Previously, Zonta Mangawhai has sent 12 other young people on similar adventures, and all have returned to recount stories of positive personal growth.

Alongside their Second Chance scholarship, supporting women who wish to gain qualifications to re-enter the workforce, this is the second major annual initiative from Zonta Mangawhai utilising funds from their mid-winter ball and auction.

Those who wish to apply should email for all the criteria and details of this once in a lifetime opportunity.