Kia Ora everyone!

My name is Rachel Williams and I am responsible for the Summer Learning Journey project. I am currently living in Auckland with my son, Aronui and my partner, Andy. Aronui is seven years old and he is in Year 3 at his primary school. Here are a few recent pictures of us!


Two years ago I started working at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at The University of Auckland. I was hired to design a holiday blogging programme for students attending the English medium Manaiakalani Cluster schools in east Auckland.

Over the past two years I have created four versions of the Summer/Winter Learning Journey programme. I have learned a lot from these experiences and used this learning to design the fifth version. The topic for the Summer Learning Journey programme this year is ‘A Journey Through Time.’ This summer we have expanded, to include schools from all around New Zealand! All children attending schools in the Manaiakalani, Kaikohekoe, Kootuitui, Ako Hiko, Uru Manuka & Toki Pounamu clusters are invited to participate. Students will have the opportunity to blog with myself and a team of wonderful, qualified commenters. For more information about the blogging team, please scroll to the next page.

If you have any questions about the Summer Learning Journey project please don’t hesitate to contact me (or anyone on our team!). We would love to hear from you!

Rachel’s email address: Rachel’s Telephone Number: (09) 623-8899 ext. 46437





 Kia Ora,


My name is Hazel Fowler and I am part of the 2017 Summer Learning Journey team. I recently completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Auckland, and am looking forward to teaching my first class next year.


This year I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Summer Research Scholarship by the University of Auckland,  so I will be spending the summer assisting Rachel with the Summer Learning Journey for 2017-2018.

I was born and raised in Auckland, but have spent a lot of time in Northland as that is where my family come from. I love to travel and have journeyed up and down Aotearoa, and also overseas to places like Iceland and America. A few years ago, I spent three months working at a YMCA summer camp in Arizona and it was the best summer of my life!

I also enjoy reading, playing netball, baking and spending time with my friends & whānau. I volunteer as a Ranger Leader with Girl Guiding New Zealand, and have taken my unit on camps and helped teach them things such as cooking and camp skills. 

I am passionate about helping people and this year I ran in the Auckland half marathon to raise money for Youthline. It was the most challenging thing I've ever done but I was able to raise over $1900 to help Youthline.

I look forward to reading your blogs and getting to know you over the summer.

Hazel’s email address: