Welcome to High Wire Charitable Trust Vision Statement - Centre of Excellence for Youth Development

Welcome to High Wire Charitable Trust

The High Wire Charitable Trust is a private organisation that was set up to provide opportunities for young people. The project is funded in memory of Michael Erceg.

The High Wire Charitable Trust (HWCT) Headquarters is situated at 159 Dominion Road Papakura and is a private organisation that was established in late 2011, with a main focus on providing opportunities for young people.

The HWCT Vision is to be the “Centre of Excellence for Youth Development” and is facilitated by way of its mission which is “Through Adventure and Life Skills, we Empower the Children of New Zealand”.

The initial objective was the establishment of an all-purpose outdoor pursuit’s center which offered a comprehensive suite of activities designed to challenge, motivate and empower young New Zealanders. Due to the success across our programmes, overtime we have grown to include an Alternative Education Department, School Services Academy Department, and a satellite camp on the Awhitu Peninsula.

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Awhitu Camp

Our satellite camp in Awhitu is the perfect location for relaxation and outdoor adventure aligned to student development.


Alternative Education

The Alternative Education Department through its “Dare to Learn” motto conducts a variety of Education based programmes targeting “At-Risk” students/youth. This programme is offered at the HWCT Papakura location.



Our Vision & Mission

“It is the vision to change lives, and the special people that can carry out that vision are key in the success of this programme to encourage our rangatahi to open their hearts and minds when it comes to life directions and pathways.  My vision is to provide young people with structure, skills sets, knowledge and values to become leaders in their communities for a better way of life”.

Our Vision: Centre of Excellence for Youth Development.

Our Mission: Through Adventure and Life Skills, we Empower the Children of New Zealand.

David Hopkins
Chief Executive Officer
High Wire Charitable Trust


Papakura Facilities

The HWCT’s primary Operations centre is located at 159 Dominion Road, Papakura. The site was originally Ravensthorpe Hospital and was constructed in 1941/42 as a convalescent depot for servicemen in WWII, the facility closed in 1988 and the buildings were officially reopened in 1993 as the City of Papakura Cadet Unit.

The Unit was unique at the time in owning their own facilities, after an urgent relocation following the closure of Papakura Army Camp. The Cadets still use the facilities today, and the artillery originally standing guard at the Papakura Army Camp is now in place by our main gate. Refurbishment and expansion of the existing buildings was undertaken in 2010 to meet the needs of the newly formed HWCT.

The site now boasts a commercial-grade kitchen, a lecture theatre and cinema, computer education suite, rock climbing wall and a high ropes confidence course.

Programme’s held onsite: Alternative Education Primary

Awhitu - Manukau Heads

Located on the Awhitu Peninsula 331 Hatton Road, Awhitu. The Awhitu Environmental Camp was built in 1978 and was managed by Waiuku College Board of Trustees for 34 years.

The lease was obtained by the High Wire Charitable Trust (HWCT) in the middle of 2012, with the goal of becoming an Adventure Life skills camp for the spiritual, emotional, social and physical development of youth and every day New Zealanders, through the means of challenging, enjoyable and safe outdoor education that is second to none.

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