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Senior Queenstown Primary kids got to experience reward after hard work on Tuesday with a free Ziptrek Ecotours ride. 

Pictured (back, from left) are teacher Victoria Lawson, Brad Connaghan, Yuta Honda, Weslee Spark, Aradhana Devi, parent Nathan Baxter, Elysia Harcombe, Ashleigh Hall, Skye Hadley, Kayley Paterson with (front, from left) guides Phill Abbey and Mike Higson. 

About 80 Year 8 pupils hiked up the steep bottom half of Ben Lomond before they completed their flying fox activity as part of a special police diversion-funded DARE initiative. 

The life skills programme focuses on “maximising the potential that kids have”, senior constable Beth Fookes says. 

“It’s about teaching kids life lessons and helping them make good choices. We really wanted to encourage the fact that if they put some effort in they get a reward.” 

Money people pay for police diversion goes to the charity, helping subsidise the cost. Ziptrek also offered an “extremely good rate”, Fookes says. 

Ziptrek’s marketing and sales boss Nicky Busst says the company’s happy to help: “We remain committed in assisting the local community.”