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Nevaeh Hayward (left, 12), Jamie Raroa and Izzy Leyden (12) carve mallets and patu during the recent school holidays. Milton community organisation Te Whare Puawai has found a niche with a free-form holiday programme for local young people. Mr Raroa, aenergy technician originally from Woodville, had some self-taught carving skills which proved popular, as all were welcome to craft a carving mallet, and chisel out their own patu. Flax weaving, cooking, music, social games and sports were further staples, along with a wananga (course) on the benefits of native plant kawakawa. The group has plans for fishing, hunting, sailing with Waihola yacht club, freshwater crayfishing and camping during future programmes. REPORT AND PHOTO: NICK BROOK