CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support)


CACTUS will be running again in 2019 after a successful 2018 at Westland High School and South Westland Area School. Enrolment is open to rangatahi/young people Year 9 and upwards. CACTUS started out in 1998 as the vision of Hokitika Community Constable Rob Fox for a community-based programme that could assist local youth in their personal development.

Participants go through an intensive fitness and skills programme extending teenagers’ physical, social and character development through physical activity and team building. Each course concludes with a challenge to test participants’ progress and their ability to work as a team.  For their successful participation students gain a CACTUS t-shirt and an evaluation from facilitator Pita McDonald.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Pita McDonald, CACTUS Lead Facilitator on 021 0227 0275 or at; or

Julia Lavers, Team Leader – Youth at WestREAP on (03)755 8700, or

Julia Lavers – Team Leader – Youth

Pita McDonald, CACTUS Lead Facilitator