Ki Tai (To the Sea)

Providing opportunities to learn discipline and get physically and mentally fit; understand and learn core values; develop leadership capability and self-confidence through access to positive role models and mentors.


The Ki Tai programme is delivered from the Kulim Boatsheds, built around ‘on the water’ activities. Participants are taught about water safety, the rich cultural heritage of Tauranga moana and its landmarks, and knowledge of the environment and the need to practice kaitiakitanga for the well-being of our magnificent harbour.

Activities cover a range of water sports on the inner Tauranga harbour, where water areas are relatively safe, and in appropriate tidal conditions can be used daily. Ki Tai will provide Scottish rowing skiffs, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and waka ama to build confidence, fitness, and knowledge of the sea and our environment.

Intake Dates

Starting TBC- 2023



Eight classes a week to pick from.




Youth aged 13-24 years.


Knowledge of the environment and matauranga Māori; and the need to practice kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection) of the environment.
Education and understanding around effective water safety.
Strengthened cultural ties with connection to Tangaroa helping youth develop a powerful sense of belonging to their rohe (place of residence).
Increased self confidence with development of skills and support from positive role models.
Development of positive social relationships and leadership capabilities with an emphasis on team-work in a supportive environment.
Pathways for integration with other Bay of Plenty Youth Development Trust programmes when relevant and beneficial.
Increased mental and physical well being through outdoor fitness and education.
Understanding and applying the Bay of Plenty Youth Development Trust’s five core values.


Our dedicated team are highly skilled and experienced in all areas of youth coaching. They all share the same goal of making positive and lasting change to the lives of our youth, supporting them in reaching their full potential and providing opportunities for them to achieve their dreams.

With support from other NZ Police and Ministry of Education Staff.

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