From South Auckland to the South Island

Annual Running of the Wools Image / Wikipedia

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.

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