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Busy Year for Central Otago REAP

Central Otago REAP continues to meet all of its targets, with 2016 being another “excellent” year for the organisation, according to chairman Roger Browne.
In his annual report for 2016, Mr Browne said the organisation’s role as an integral part of the community was recognised by its continuing work at meeting the educational needs of the local community.
“The positive outcomes from both the Ministry of Social Development and the peer reviews were very encouraging and a credit to the staff of Central Otago REAP.”
He said all areas of the annual plan had been met, including continuing to upskill staff and the board to keep up with changes in technology and increasing the numbers of participants in the ACE courses, particularly under-29, Maori and males.
Mr Browne acknowledged the support from the Central Lakes Trust, the COGS scheme, the Otago Community Trust and Rotary.
“Without them, we would not be able to provide such an extensive range of programmes to meet the needs of our community.”
Meanwhile, in her report, outgoing early childhood facilitator Jean Sims said 2016 had been a “golden” one, with the early childhood sector in Central Otago in very good heart.
“Participation in early childhood is close to 100 percent, and the number of centres and services are growing.
“Currently, we have 33 licensed centres and services and 13 playgroups, of which 12 are certified.”
Schools co-odinator Steve Brown said REAP’s school programmes focused on skills and confidence for pupils, teachers and families to contribute to increasing numeracy and literacy success.
The Sticks ‘n’ Stones cyber-bullying programme and the Enviroschools programme, which was delivered to 11 schools, continue to go from strength to strength, he said. “The Sticks ‘n’ Stones programme moves away from REAP in 2017 as it forms its own Trust” Steve reported.
REAP manager Bernie Lepper said 2016 was a busy year in the ACE sector, with 442 students involved in a range of courses, including the Choices and the SMART study course which was aimed at students who had entered into a higher level of study and provided them with additional support.
The ESOL programme also proved popular, with increased interest and uptake from local residents, Bernie said.  
Enviroschools Science Programme
Grant Norbury, Landcare Research talks to Clyde Primary pupils about the pilot lizard programme in Central Otago.
St Gerards School doing a Biodiversity Bike ride as part of the Enviroschools Programme
Article written by Emma Maddox - Journalist
Bernie Lepper, Manager of Central Otago REAP (right)
with Karla Sanders, Sticks 'n' Stones Co-ordinator (left)
Receiving the Vodafone World of Difference Award 2016
Penny Fitzgerald, Choices Tutor (left)
with students discussing course options
Article written by Emma Maddox - Journalist


    - Photo Books with Gavin Dann - 22 & 29 May $50
    Te Reo & Tikanga with Mary-Anne Westhead - 16, 23, 30 May & 6 June $40
    - Spanish for Travellers with Josefa Rodriguez 15, 22 & 29 May $80
    - Lamp Shades with Colour Plus Staff 12 June $5 (plus cost of kit)
    - Building a Sustainable House various speakers 12 June $15
  • iPad Learning Circles - Beginners Mondays 22, 29 May & 12, 19, 26 June, $50 9.30 - 11.00am, Tutor: Gavin Dann
  • iPad Learning Circles - Experienced Mondays 22, 29 May & 12, 19, 26 June, $50 1.00 - 2.30pm, Tutor: Gavin Dann
  • Samsung Learning Circles - Beginners Tuesdays 23, 30 May & 6, 13, 20 June, $50, 9.30 - 11.00am, Tutor: Gavin Dann
  • U3A Alexandra - Sustainability 10am - 12pm, $5
    12 May - Climate Change: Why is it dangerous and what are we doing about it? - Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt
    19 May - Life cycle considerations in the New Zealand energy system - an alternative look at the solar debate - Dr Kiti Suomalainen
    26 May - Sustainability in Action - Members of MAD4CO (Convenor: Clair Higginson)
    2 June - The New Zealand Footprint Project - Dr Ella Lawton
  • U3A Cromwell - Otago Regional Council, The Issues That Concern You Wednesday 24 May, 10am - 12pm $5 - Speaker: Michael Laws, Venue: Cromwell Presbyterian Church
  • Choices – Literacy based programme for adults, FREE
    Set your own goals, work at your own pace. This NZQA programme is designed to meet your own needs. 
    Alexandra always open for enrolments 
  • Giftedness? Need to Know More? Contact Steve Brown at REAP
  • Literacy or Numeracy One to One Tuition FREE
  • English as a Second Language free for NZ residents
  • One to One Computing – 1hr free tuition - ideal for beginners
  • Careers Support & CV’s for all ages (school leavers - 29yrs free)

For more information on these courses please go to our website:
www.coreap, or phone the REAP office 03 448-6115


MAD4CO presents…  Calendar
What Can I Do?   5 June 5 – 12 June 2017
Connecting People with Nature
6 June 6 – 10 June 
Public Libraries
Displays of books in our libraries in Alexandra, Cromwell, Maniototo and Roxburgh focusing on connecting with nature and our biodiversity
6 June

1 – 2.30 pm
Lookout Reserve Primary School s and Keep Alex and Clyde beautiful extending and tending to the native plantings in this reserve (in association with CODC, Clyde Railhead Community Eco Nursery and Project Gold)
7 June
12 noon
Alexandra Community House Lunchbox conversation.  TED talk: Doughnut Economics – Kate Raworth author of a new book of the same name.  Bring your own lunch.  Register at COREAP: details below
7 June

7 – 9 pm
TBC LoveFoodHate Waste event
7 June 7.30 pm
Central Cinema Alexandra Cycle Chic.  A partner to ride alongside The Big Bike Film Night.  Who is Cycle Chic?  She’s an explorer who pushes boundaries.  She’s courageous and is an advocate for change. The ‘thinking cyclists’ film collection showcasing bike films that people will connect to and enjoy.  For tickets and information visit
8  June
1 – 2.30 pm
Boundary Road
Primary schools and volunteers maintenance ( weeding inside bunny cages, removing bunny cages, mulching and tidy up) at Boundary Road Reserve.  In conjunction with Keep Alexandra and Clyde Beautiful, CODC and Clyde Railhead community plant nursery.
8 June
3 pm
Centennial Park
Central Otago REAP Project – General maintenance of native plantings.  Some replantings, weeding, general tidy up plus Manuherikia Food Forest tidy up
8 June
7 – 9 pm
Alexandra Community House Alexandra Boomerang Bagsevent.Making bags, making boxes, talking about the movement.In collaboration with Cooneys, Hospice
Shop Sewing Angels, Book at COREAP: details below
June 9
12.15 – 1 pm
Alexandra Community House The Story of Stuff: short movies and discussion around what happens to our stuff and what we can do about it.  So much of our stuff causes problems for the future of our planet when we throw it away.  Register at COREAP: details below
9 June 7.30 pm
Central Cinema
The Big Bike Film Night.  All bikes.  All Terrains.  All Good.  ‘New Zealand’s premier bike themed short film fest.  A new collection of short movies that have everything cycling fans could want.’  For tickets and information visit
Saturday 10 June
10 -12
Alexandra Community House Fermented Food workshop  (part of Love Food Hate Waste)
Register at COREAP.  Details below
11 June

12 – 1.30 pm
Miner’s Lane Clyde MAD4CO pre winter working bee. 
12 June

7 – 9 pm
Alexandra Community House Building a Sustainable House.  Part of the COREAP Linking in to Learning Series.  Several speakers and discussion.  What is a sustainable house?  How to get building consent, choice of materials, build new or renovate, certification systems, offsetting increased costs against long term savings.
Check WED information on COREAP website
To book Contact CO REAP 03 4486115 –
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14 - 20 Centennial Avenue
@ Alexandra Community House
Alexandra 9320
(03)448-6115, 0800 267327

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