There has been speculation regarding what has been happening at Motu Moana behind the rows of containers that appeared some months ago. Some unusual activity has been heard by neighbours, giving rise to a bevy of questions. We visited Motu Moana to find out more. Here is their response:
A highly successful government Youth Development initiative for the unemployed has found a temporary home at the Motu Moana Scout Camp in Blockhouse Bay.
With the acquisition of former Defence Force land in Hobsonville for housing development, the Limited Services Volunteer (LSV) programme had to be relocated temporarily until premises are found for the programme long-term.
LSV is a joint venture between the Ministry of Social Development and NZ Defence Force, running six-week residential courses that provide young New Zealanders with skills that will improve their ability to be placed into employment. The training aims to provide motivation and adventure-based learning that will give participants the life skills required to gain jobs.
The Defence Force's Youth Development Unit runs the programme, and Squadron Leader Tua Atkinson's team decided that the Scouts NZ camp, Motu Moana, would be the ideal base for two six-month stays between Easter and Labour Weekend in 2016 and 2017.
"The camp has excellent accommodation facilities, an abseil wall, fitness trails, 25 acres of bush and two halls on the site which facilitate the various external providers that come in to teach our young people on topics such as interview techniques, CV writing, finance and budgeting skills", says Tua Atkinson.
"The programme is based on a military model which is aimed at improving the trainees’ self-esteem, confidence, and ultimately their employability, with a strong focus on working in a team environment.”
"Our first Motu Moana trainees graduated at a parade in front of their whanau and friends at Trusts Stadium on 11 June, and we were as proud as they were to see them successfully complete this demanding course.”