The Kauris are Growing

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The Kauris are Growing

Spring is coming to the COLC Nursery. This Kauri is one of the first to burst into leaf this season but others are beginning to stir as the new growing season approaches. Right now there are almost 2000 Kauri trees in the nursery, and I know there are a large number of past COLC students who have invested their time in those trees. Thank you all.

It takes 3 to 4 years in the nursery, before a Kauri tree is big enough to plant back into the environment, but the number of trees we have planted out is growing, and there are now about 700 Kauris in the ground at our planting site.

A Kauri tree can live for 2000 years or more, and over their lifetime they will sequester a huge amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. If you are concerned about your carbon footprint, and would like to do something positive about it, talk to us about making a donation to the COLC Environmental Fund and we will plant some Kauri trees on your behalf.

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Whats been going on?

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Whats been going on?

Okay, so I have been on holiday in Rarotonga. But what better way to recharge the batteries and to think about what has happened in the last few months, and what lies ahead.

And what a lot there was to think about. The closure of the school left us somewhat deflated for a while, but now we have put that chapter behind us and we are ready to concentrate on the Coromandel Outdoor Learning Centre and the new opportunities that brings. While we wont teach English any more, I can now focus on my passion for the environment, and as an organisation we can share what we are learning and what we are doing with you.

I feel a little bit like my right hand has been cut off because Alicia, my helper in everything COLC does, is away doing some training in the South Island. I have been left with very strict instructions to work on this blog and keep the information coming.

So the news is good. The first two students to come to the new COLC will be here in a couple of weeks and will each get to spend time helping with the Environment Projects, and also seeing and doing some of those special places and things that used to make up our activity programmes. We have plenty to do in the nursery, and some big challenges ahead. I’ll keep you posted with some photos once they are here.

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Exciting News

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Exciting News

The Environment Projects that we have been building for the last seven years will now become our focus. Some of the great range of activities COLC has become famous for, will still be available.


From now on we will be know as the Coromandel Outdoor Learning Centre. The “Big COLC Family” that so many of our past students feel a part of will continue on.


We will offer opportunities for you, whether you are an international student, a tourist, an environmentalist, or a local, to come and visit the Coromandel Peninsula, learn about the issues we face, and help us with the environmental work we are doing. English lessons can still be arranged for you in the form of private lessons to meet your needs.


Right now we are rebuilding this website to give you more information but this will take some time, so if you are interested in visiting us or you have some questions you want answers to, then contact us here. We will be happy to hear from you.

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Keeping up with the knobby rush

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Keeping up with the knobby rush

Today six keen local volunteers joined our team for an afternoon of knobby rush potting up. We managed to plant 1500 plants in just three hours. These plants will be ready to be planted on our local beaches in just over a year. Knobby rush is one of the key plants that protects our beaches and shoreline from coastal erosion by reenforcing the back of the dunes.

Thumbs up to our awesome volunteers!

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The End of an Era

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July 2019 marked the end of an era in the Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre’s history. Because of a series of unfortunate events such as the loss of the lease of the school building, the current owners of the Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre (Kim and Robyn) made the difficult decision to stop operating.

It was impossible to take bookings going forward because we didn’t know if we were going to have a building for the school. It just wasn’t fair for the students.
— Kim Lawry, director

Language schools being a difficult market this was the only logical decision as the school simply couldn’t operate without its building. Kim and Robyn tried hard to find another building, in town first, and then even considered other places on the peninsula but none of them suited the needs of the school. Building a new building wasn’t a viable option because the school just didn’t have the funds. The building hasn’t yet been sold but the school isn’t likely to return to its original address.

We tried everything but in the end we had to make the tough decision to close the language school. It is a shame but who knows what lies ahead.
— Kim Lawry, director

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