CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit Support)

In 2017, Westland District Council was one of 15 Councils nationwide to receive funding from the Local Government Youth Partnership Fund, through the Ministry of Youth Development.  

The grant enables WestREAP’s Youth Team Leader to deliver a programme to Westland High School students to encourage and support them to build their capability and resilience through leadership, volunteering and mentoring.

CACTUS started out in 1998 as the vision of Hokitika Police Community Constable, Rob Fox, for a community-based programme that could assist local youth in their personal development.  It has now developed into a successful programme around both Aotearoa and Australia.

Participants go through intensive fitness and skills programmes, benefiting and utilising the great outdoors their local environment has to offer.

At Westland High School, CACTUS is run adjacent to the school trimester with Year 9 & 10 students choosing this as a subject option.

The programme’s objectives are to grow self-discipline and strength of character, encourage physical and mental development and wellbeing, reinforce positive social skills and attitudes, and develop an ability to break through personal limitations and achieve goals.





Upcoming events

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Last day of term 4.

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre. Middle School 9am. Junio... [Read more]

Thursday 2 Dec

2nd of December Teacher Only Day. No School. This is a day set by the Ministry of Education and will be coveri... [Read more]

Monday 29 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 22 Nov

22nd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre at 6pm.

Monday 25 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 18 Oct

18th October. Term 4 begins

Friday 1 Oct

1st October. Last day of term 3.

Friday 24 Sep

24th September the Westland High School Ball takes place. More information regarding venue and other details w... [Read more]

Monday 13 Sep

13th September to 20th September is Te wiki o te reo Maori / Maori language week. Visit https://www.tewikioter... [Read more]
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