FAR AND WIDE
Each year the Trust brings 1200 young people from diverse backgrounds together on the Spirit of New Zealand, its 45-metre square-rigged sailing ship.
The Trust is funded through charitable donations and grants, including from the ANZ Staff Foundation – which recently awarded the Trust $15,000 to help eight young people join the programme.
“Having ANZ come on board makes massive difference for us,” Pilbrow says.
“It helps us level the playing field and means that any young person in New Zealand, regardless of cost can get on the Spirit of New Zealand - so it really opens it up to everyone.”
One of those who benefitted from the recent grant was 16-year-old Cejn Pohio, from near Ruatoria, in East Coast/Tairāwhiti.
He heard about the voyages after his cousin went on one, and after an initial delay, due to Covid, was able to be a part of Voyage 840, which sailed from Auckland on April 9, 2022.
“There's no words to describe how mean it was - a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Cejn says.
“I've come back to land with lots of new skills and heaps of new friends. I’ve come out of my shell more, opened up to people - I’ve overcome my fears and now I’m more trusting.”
“I know now it's possible to do a lot of things that I thought I couldn't.”