Breakaway Programme



What is our Break-Away School Holiday Programme?

The Break-Away School Holiday Programme provides young people with an opportunity to attend fun, stimulating and structured school holiday programmes at no cost to participants. This programme is part of the Break-Away package of initiatives designed to expand holiday opportunities for young people who would not otherwise have access to them.

Key elements of the Break-Away School Holiday Programme

  • Break-Away funds 30,000 one-week school holiday programme places New Zealand-wide for young people aged 13–17 years each year.
  • Young people can refer themselves on the programme, or they can be referred by parents or others in the community.
  • The programmes are available at no cost to participants. They provide daily activities over the Christmas and Easter school holiday period.
  • Any young person from the targeted communities is eligible to attend, regardless of parental income.

Spaces are limited! 

You can enrol online here at or drop into the Whangarei Aquatic Centre.

If you require further information regarding our Break-Away programme. Email your enquiry to or check out MSD's Frequently Asked Questions for parents/caregivers.