Mondays 5 pm – 6 pm & Thursdays 5.15 – 6.15 pm

Keas is a fun programme designed for children in Forth Term year 1 to Forth Term year 3.

Our meetings are fun and exciting allowing Keas to get involved in activities that allow them to interact with nature, create and learn to share though co-operation and team effort.

The club meeting are held weekly at our den during the school terms with regular trips out to explore our local environment.

Keas is a simple, flexible and positive group experience where the accent is on SHARING and FUN. They work towards the same goals as all other Scouting sections, helping young people develop into better citizens in our community.

Typical Kea activities include:

  • Work in groups to experience new skills
  • Learning outdoor skills
  • Earn badges through completing actives
  • Playing games
  • Painting, drawing and craft

Kea leaders

Gavin Greenwood (Kea name: Kahu) has been involved in ASBSG since the middle of 2016. He currently has 1 boy in Keas, with another due to start in 2018. Gavin’s Scouting background is as a Cub and Scout at Taiaotea Air Scouts, Venturer at Mairangi Bay, and Rover at Bays Rover Crew (BRC). Highlights include the 1987 Rangiora Scout Jamboree, Crew Leader of BRC a number of times, and on 3 Rover Moot Organising Committees. He has been on the Camp Maynard Committee since 2000. The Greenwood family live locally in Hillcrest and feature in Willow Park School activities and events (wife is on the PTA and the boys’ school). By day, Gavin works for a global Building and Security Management System company. After hours, he enjoys a little DIY, camping, rough n tumble with the boys, and playing Lego (sometimes with the boys!!!)

Debra Marshall (Kea Name: Kotuku) has been involved in ASBSG since 2015 when her older son joined as a Kea. She became a leader in 2017 when her youngest son joined Keas and the older one moved to Cubs. She was a Queens Guide in her youth and left the movement to pursue sailing, go on her OE and finish university. Back in NZ since 2006 with she loves beach activities, cooking, eating and travelling.

Lucy Farrington (Kea name: Fantail) has been involved in ASBSG since 2016 when her eldest son joined the Keas and her youngest will join in 2018. Originally from the UK, she did the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme as a youth. She came to New Zealand 10 years ago to temporarily teach windsurfing, met her husband and never left. When she’s not at work (as Marketing Manager at an IT company), she enjoys anything outdoors – family boating trips, waterskiing, fishing, SUP boarding, trail running, tramping, mountain biking, skiing, camping… She’s also a keen swimmer and you’ll often find her training in the ocean at Takapuna (all year round).

Paul Carter (Kea Name: Kokako) has been involved in ASBSG since  2015 when his oldest son joined Keas. Paul became a leader in the 4th term of 2015. He was a member of the Richmond Scout group near Nelson and attended the 1987 Scout Jamboree in 1987. Pauls older boy has now moved up to cubs while the younger one has recently joined the Kea group. During the week Paul works as a Geotechnical Engineer while on the weekend “coaches” a 6th grade soccer team for Birkenhead United.

Larissa Nixon (Kea name: Weka) has been involved in ASBSG since 2016 when her son joined Keas, becoming a leader in the middle of 2017, with her daughter then joining Keas shortly afterwards. Her love of gymnastics and circus skills has seen her coach children’s gymnastics for many years at various clubs as well as train in these herself.  Larissa and her husband Geoff lived overseas in Australia and the UK for some of their adult life, returning to NZ in 2006.  Initially having a career in IT for 10 years, starting a family meant a change in career, and Larissa now owns and runs a small manufacturing company.

If you would like to become a leader please chat to us at the end of Keas.


Other useful links:

Scouting uniforms
Scouting New Zealand website