Study Abroad

On the trail of the Tuatara – more from student blogger Kaia.

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior, majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s first impressions of New Zealand here. Week 2: Sustainability From Masterton, we traveled to Turangi for one night. Here, we had […] Read More »

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Treaty rights and food forests – first impressions of New Zealand.

On our second day, we went down the gravel road to Wairarapa Forest School. This is an outdoor classroom created for children, integrating children back into the outdoors. Its focus is to let children be children--to teach them about bugs, soil, gardening, trees--things that children no longer truly learn about in today's society. We were welcomed in a traditional Māori way. Māori words were exchanged and we entered the circle and sang a Māori song. This classroom was so welcoming, I too felt like I reentered my childhood. While barefoot, we climbed trees, looked for bugs, and drank from the fresh spring with the children. Afterwards we explored the land. Read More »

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Beach cleanups for credit – more from Thomas, New Zealand blogger

I always saw New Zealand as being in better shape environmentally compared to the United States. I was shocked to find bags upon bags of trash in just a few months of participating in the cleanups. Read More »

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XTreme Zero Waste! – More from student blogger Thomas Stephenson

I’ve been in New Zealand two weeks, and I’ve already experienced so much it was tough to limit myself to one topic! After our group’s tour of the Xtreme Zero Waste recycling and reuse plant in the small surf community of Raglan, however, I knew that this was experience I wanted to share. Read More »

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Raglan and the Resilience Revolution

There are 479 transitions towns and counting worldwide, seven of which are nationally-recognized in New Zealand (with many more smaller initiatives). The primary purpose of these sustainably-minded communities is to support “community-led responses to peak oil and climate change, building resilience and happiness.” Read More »

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Study Abroad

A poster child for bike safety – Nelson’s story

Nelson Dow, a junior at Denison University majoring in Environmental Studies, spent the fall in New Zealand, with HECUA’s New Zealand Culture and Environment: A Shared Future semester. The program, like all HECUA semester-long programs here and abroad, includes a significant internship component. Nelson spent his time as an intern promoting recreational and commuter cycling, working […] Read More »

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HECUA faculty

Faculty Profile: Charles Dawson, HECUA New Zealand

Charles’ teaching philosophy is informed by his own lived experience. “I grew up with social justice issues absolutely saturating the family home. My father worked as a defense attorney for Pacific Island peoples involved in immigration law disputes." Read More »

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