Testimonials

Auckland Geography Teachers Association (AGTA)

“The Auckland Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) has been part of a contract since 2002 with the Rotorua Education Network to supply material for secondary teachers. This has consisted of the production of work sheets and resources that can be incorporated into the New Zealand curriculum and are therefore of use to all schools. It was felt that it was most beneficial to use current teachers for this work since they are more aware of the needs of schools and can meet such needs accordingly.

As a result 1 or 2 members of the AGTA committee have held this responsibility as their port folio. These members are expected to liaise closely with the Rotorua Education Network to ensure that material used remains current and update this as required. This often involves travelling to Rotorua and collecting information from the operators that are part of the network. Assessments have also been written to compliment these activities as by doing so many schools are more willing to take students on field trips.

The material produced on the website has been extensively used by teachers and has proved extremely popular. At the present time it covers essential parts of the Level 1, 2 and 3 syllabus for Geography and has recently expanded to cover Travel and Tourism as well. As such it is important for us that such liaison remains.”

Jane Evans
Chairperson  AGTA

Avondale College

“Thank you so much for all that you and your staff did to help make our recent trip to Rotorua such a success. We very much appreciated all the work that you did on our behalf, it certainly helped to make the trip run very smoothly.”

Lyndy Watkinson (HOD Geography)
Avondale College
2009 Schooltrip

Botany Downs Secondary College

“Thanks very much for organising everything for us.  We had a great trip and the students loved all the activities.  We look forward to working with you again next year.”

Jennifer Kirkham (International Student Manager)
Botany Downs Secondary College
2009 Schooltrip

Central Hawkes Bay College

“Thank you for all the work you have done getting quotes and communicating with various faculties for me. I really appreciate it. I have found your service superb in the past and again this year.”

Hannah Glenny
Central Hawkes Bay College
2009 Schooltrip

De La Salle College

“Just want to thank you for a fantastic PD session in Rotorua! A job well done and I thoroughly enjoyed what REN has to offer. I am certainly excited and cannot wait to bring my students down in 2010.”

Teena Tugaga
De La Salle College
2010 Schooltrip

Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing / St Peters College

“Just wanted to drop you a line to pass on thanks for the great job you are doing in the Education Office.

I gave a talk to St Peters College Auckland on Friday and Bill Howie came up to me afterwards and mentioned what a fantastic field trip Rotorua has been. He said all the operators they had visited have been wonderful and the boys have all the information they sought to collect. Bill specifically wanted me to pass on his thanks to you of the work you did behind the scenes to make this trip so successful … he said you were awesome to deal with right from the start when you asked all the right questions of him to get the information you needed in putting together an itinerary that best met their needs.

The principal at St Peters College Auckland didn’t believe Bill when Bill told him the Education Office was able to offer special ‘Education Network’ rates that would work out to be a better deal than if schools go direct to each operator. The Principal had Bill go through the exercise of contacting each of the operators to price the itinerary you sent – the result was the Education Network turned out to be what St Peters College Auckland consider to be a significantly better deal than what they could negotiate themselves.

Bill said that St Peters College Auckland will be booking with the Education Office again next year and while the excellent quality of field trip and cost savings the Education Office offers are key contributing factors to this decision, it has been the great customer service you have provided throughout that sealed the deal. Once again, many thanks from Bill.”

Gina George
Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing
2009 Schooltrip

Epsom Girls Grammar School/Auckland Geography Teachers Association

“I have utilized the Network’s services for every Rotorua field trip since 1997. 

The curriculum aligned product ensures a defined learning outcome for my students and being able to book all the attractions and accommodation at one source saves me time. It really is a one stop shop.”

Cheryl Osborne
Epsom Girls Grammar Teacher and Auckland Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) spokesperson
2009 Schooltrip

Francis Douglas Memorial College

“… we have used your services before on all our Geography fieldtrips and found them to be first class!”

Mark Wales (Geography)
Francis Douglas Memorial College
2010 Schooltrip

Hawera High School

“Thank you both for your contribution to Hawera High School’s recent geography trip to Rotorua. Despite some very wintery weather the students enjoyed their trip very much and learnt a lot. Thank you for your superb organisation and the huge discounts you give us. Thank you Gina for your talk. It was very informative and exactly what the students needed to learn. We will be back next year.”

Diana Reid
Hawera High School
2009 Schooltrip

Hawera High School

“We had a great time and appreciate everyones help and support. The prices are fantastic and so is the service. We will be back next year. Thank you so much.”

Diana Reid
Hawera High School
2010 Schooltrip

Howick College

“Thanks so much for all of your efforts in organising the lovely trip. It went really well and the students seem to have enjoyed it all, especially the Tamaki Hangi and Concert and the River Jet and Agro adventures. Kiwi Paka were most obliging and friendly too.

Look forward to seeing you in the future.”

Sue McKellar – Director of International Students
Howick College
2009 Schooltrip

MacLeans College

“Thank you for your help and preparation that makes our trip so successful each year.”

Philip Hornblow
MacLeans College
2009 Schooltrip

Mt Roskill Grammar

“…thank you for the excellent work you and your team did in organising a much enjoyed and educationally worthwhile trip to Rotorua. Our students benefitted greatly from the experience and your work made my job a whole lot easier and more bearable.

… Once again, thank you for your excellent organisation of our trip…”

Andrew Dunbar
Mt Roskill Grammar
2009 Schooltrip

Northcote College

“Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you also from the very satisfied Geography staff and students of Northcote College. See you in 2010.”

Des Humphries
Northcote College
2009 Schooltrip

Rere School

“Just a quick email to say thank you very much for your organization of our school trip to Rotorua. We all had a wonderful time and the range of activities were well suited to our very diverse age range. You made the whole process very easy for me. At every place we were expected, treated extremely well, and having the vouchers made it all flow… hassle free. I am sure the camp will be one that is long remembered by us all. Once again a huge thank you, your efforts were very much appreciated by us all.

Katrina Dekker
Rere School
2009 Schooltrip

St Peter’s College Auckland

“Geography trip to Rotorua

On behalf of the school and the students we would like to thank you and the staff at the Rotorua Education Network for organising a fantastic trip.

The boys got a great deal from the experience and the small adjustments that we made from the itinerary in 2008 proved a great success.

We will definitely be returning in 2010 and would like to make a provisional booking for the same trip toward the end of March.”

W. Howie (Geography)
St Peter’s College Auckland, Catholic School for Boys
2009 Schooltrip

Tawa College

“You have spoiled me for other regions, other visitor centers could not match your service!”

Matthew Barclay
Tawa College
2010 Schooltrip

Wanganui High School

“We were very impressed with the efficiency of the REN. Our vouchers were faxed to Wai-O-Tapu and the rest taken to Rainbow Springs. You made the trip a dream to organise and supervise. Well done. We will come again.”

Jan Pringle
Wanganui High School
2009 Schooltrip