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What is it?

Kōkōkaha is an integrated unit of work that focuses on the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) associated with harnessing the wind. Kōkōkaha's learning experiences are designed for students in years 5 through to 10 and are intended to provide them with the skills and knowledge to design their own technologies to harness the power of the wind. Kōkōkaha learning experiences can easily be adapted for older or younger children. Kōkōkaha is available to schools and kura throughout New Zealand.

What is included?

Kōkōkaha includes classroom and sailing learning experiences. Classroom experiences include hands on activities to help your students learn about the power of the wind. Sailing experiences include going sailing to feel the power of the wind and interacting with a set of resources to understand how sailing technologies work. Learners use the skills and knowledge they acquire to design a technology to harness the power of the wind.

How to get involved?

Use the register section to let us know that you want to get involved. We will then set up a date in term one 2021 for your sailing experiences and will share with you the full set of classroom experiences, including instructions for setting up the hands on activities. 



Kōkōkaha includes three sets of classroom learning experiences and a challenge to take action. Each set has four learning experiences designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to design a technology to harness the power of the wind. The learning experiences have being created and tested with teachers in the Motu Kairangi Kāhui Ako in Wellington during 2020. The next step is to pilot the Kōkōkaha programme during term four in preparation for delivery during term one 2021. Final versions of the classroom learning experiences will be published on this site progressively through to November this year. Meanwhile, you can click on the images below to review the progress we are making and to see the topics that will be in each set of classroom learning experiences. Register today and we will make sure we keep you updated with progress. 



Kōkōkaha  provides the opportunity for your students to get out on the water and experience sailing during term one 2021. Sailing experiences take place over a full day. 


Up to 30 students can participate in each sailing experience day, which are facilitated by Yachting New Zealand qualified kaiako. All the boats and safety equipment are provided, as are risk management templates for you to adapt for your school or kura. 

During the sailing experience your learners will get out on the water and feel the power of the wind. They will also participate in a series of hands on activities to familiarise them with some of the technologies used in sailing.

There are a finite number of places available around the country in term one 2021 so get your registration in today to secure your sailing experience.



Kōkōkaha begins in term one 2021, but in the meantime we need to set up the sailing experience dates for you, get you copies of the classroom learning experiences and get your school set up to add designs to the Kōkōkaha ideas gallery. To do this we need you to register your school or kura's interest. We need just one person to do this for each school or kura. Simply fill out the form below and we will set the wheels in motion. We look forward to working with you. 

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Get in touch with Yachting New Zealand


Postal address: PO Box 33 1487, Takapuna, Auckland 0740

Email: reception@yachtingnz.org.nz

Phone: +64 (9) 361 1471

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