Wai Fencing underway for 2024

The first Wai Fencing NCEA skills workshop for 2024 kicked off in Term 1 with secondary schools participating in Whangārei and Rangiputa in the Far North.

The course is run by the Northland Regional Council Education team, supported by the Land Management Team, Can Train NZ and local fencing contractors.

The hands-on experience allows students to gain a better understanding as to why fencing off waterways is a critical part of looking after Te Taiao (environment).

The NRC Land Management presentation, at the start of each workshop, focusses on the types of fencing needed to keep stock out of streams and riverbanks, eroding areas, wet gullies, wetlands and drains.

Students are taught how fencing allows for waterways to be kept clean for native creatures, plants and humans. Fenced and planted waterways provide thriving habitats, stop erosion and help animal welfare by providing clean water and keeping stock safe from getting stuck or falling into waterways.

Students in hi-vis under a gazebo.

Students learning how and why, to fence the wai.

Next up, students were ready to get their hands dirty as they moved onto the practical side of the course gaining skills in fence construction, temporary electric fencing and fence repair.

At the Whangārei workshop attendees were lucky enough to meet newly born calves on the farm which hosted the workshop!

Thanks to all involved! The team is looking forward to the next stage, which will be an assessment day for the students who participated in the skills workshop.

Students working on a rail fence.

All fence types are covered during the practical skills workshop.

Students working on a wire fence post.

Rangiputa students stabilise a fence post.