Learn from the past to 'STEER' toward a sustainable future



RŪNĀ supports kiwi kids to learn from the past to ‘steer’ toward a sustainable future. RŪNĀ involves three modules:

  • Kōrinorino  – Our Ancestors' Wake (Te Ao Tangata | Social Sciences and Aotearoa New Zealand Histories - focuses on understanding local settlement stories).

  • Kōkōkaha – Powered by Wind (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - focuses on designing sustainable energy solutions).

  • Moanamana – NZL’s Blue Belt (Science and Education for Sustainability - focuses on restoring marine ecosystems).

Each module is made up of in-classroom learning experiences delivered by teachers, supported by a sailing experience, and followed by a call for learners to take action. Each module is designed for students in years 4 through to 10 but can be easily adapted for older or younger children.

Each module includes opportunities to develop water skills for life and safer boating skills to ensure kiwi kids learn and develop the knowledge and skills to safely enjoy our marine environment.

Learn More



Ākonga helping to address climate change by designing technologies to harness the power of the wind

Ākonga understanding Aotearoa New Zealand's histories by researching and retelling local settlement stories

We are now starting work on the final RŪNĀ module which is called Moanamana



We need your school or kura to register so that we know which modules you are interested in. We will then send you the appropriate teacher guides, put you in contact with a provider of sailing experiences and set you up to add your student's work to the galleries. We need just one person to register from your school or kura. Simply fill out the form below and we will set the wheels in motion. We look forward to working with you.

Which Module or Modules are you interested in? (You can choose multiple)
Are you interested in the RŪNĀ Sailing Experience?
What year/level are the classes? (You can choose multiple)

Thanks for registering!
We’ll be in touch soon.


Sport nz logo.png

Sport NZ is supporting the ongoing development of RŪNĀ  through the 'In Our Backyard' project


Emirates Team New Zealand supported the establishment of RŪNĀ as a legacy of the 36th America's Cup


MBIE and the Ministry of Education supported the development of RŪNĀ as part of Unlocking Curious Mind