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Waitangi winners . . . Cannington School pupils and staff were visited by Air New Zealand representatives recently to inform the school they would be off to Waitangi. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A group of Cannington School pupils is bound for Waitangi in May.

Nine pupils of the Cave school, as well as staff, will go to Northland to visit the site of the Treaty of Waitangi signing, as well as Russell and Paihia, principal Deane Power said.

The school won the trip as part of the Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools scheme, which involved 20 schools from across the country getting flights for various trips paid for by the airline’s customers donating Airpoints.

Mr Power said his pupils loved learning about the Treaty of Waitangi, particularly from a book which included full-size copies of the Maori and English translations, along with drafts of conditions that were both included and excluded from the final document.

It was this book that had prompted the school to apply for their “dream trip”, he said.

“It’s who has the best story wins.”

The nine pupils would include senior pupils from years 7 and 8, as well as two of the older pupils’ siblings in lower classes.

The school group’s adventure north, from May 8-11, would include a visit to the museum at the treaty grounds, a ferry trip from Paihia to Russell – particularly visiting the site where Hone Heke repeatedly chopped down the British flagstaff – and a Northland kiwifruit orchard, Mr Power said.

The school group would also visit Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest living kauri tree.

“It’s just [a] really exciting time.”