Powering our local kids in English and Te Reo Maori

Launching a school programme into local primary schools for the second year, Counties Power have just gone bigger and better with a bi-lingual offering that is also now available to intermediate schools.

Whakakahia Te Hiko/Power It Up is a tactile electricity experiment aimed at Year 5 and up students and available to every primary and intermediate school in the area. 

We’re proud to once-again supply a science-based electricity learning resource for our local children.  Whakakahia Te Hiko/Power It Up is an extremely valuable resource that we have also had translated into Te Reo so local kura and Maori classes can benefit from it too.  The booklet is a free resource that is available to anyone in both English and Te Reo Maori for download online.

The programme consists of paper circuitry illustrations designed to reflect local Franklin and southern Counties icons and sites.  Using the supplied circuitry components, including copper tape, batteries, LED lights and a buzzer, children learn how to make electrical circuits and light up the pictures.  Children will create electrical circuits to light up landmarks like the glow worms at the Nikau Caves, the lighthouse at Manukau Heads or sound an alarm to wake the dairy farmer.

The programme also includes a teacher’s resource card, along with important electrical safety messages for students to take home that teaches them about electricity dangers inside the home and out and about.

Counties Power worked alongside Waikato company School Kit, to develop the concept, design and programme.  The booklets and teaching resources can be downloaded for free from or here.

The free kits have been offered to every primary, intermediate school or kura in the Counties Power network area which runs coast to coast between southern Papakura and Mercer, and west of the Waikato River to Waikaretu.


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