Jetstar has given New Zealanders an opportunity to experience and discover their own country.
To celebrate the New Zealand Rural games, the airline flew a group of well deserving primary school children from South Auckland to the South Island on a trip they will never forget.
Many of the children had never been on a plane, and none of them had been to Queenstown.
Twenty year five and six students from Finlayson Park School, Manurewa, made the trip to Queenstown for a weekend to take part in the annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.
Arriving on Waitangi Day, the students were given a special treat – watching the ‘Running of the Wools’, which featured more than 300 horned Merino Sheep running through Central Queenstown.
The students enjoyed a series of fun competitions, including sack races, apple bobbing and the famous gumboot throwing.
The students were chosen because they were good all-round achievers. Principal Shirley Maihi says: “These kids are blown away with the opportunity. As a decile 1 school, we appreciate the support from businesses and other organisations who support this initiative.”
Finlayson Park is the largest primary school in New Zealand with a roll of more than 1,000 students. Ninety five per cent of them are from Maori and Pacific families who would not normally get an opportunity like this every day.