When boys first go bush at St Paul's Collegiate's Pureora Forest campus, their first instinct is to post about their experiences on social media.

"We give them lots of adventures, and in their first month or two all they want to do is post it," says Cyn Smith, director of the college's "venture school" at Tihoi, 50km west of Taupō.

But they can't. For six months, they are allowed no cellphones, no social media, no electronic games, not even television.

Now an Otago University study has found that this unique programme may boost the boys' creative thinking and lift their

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