They are young, fit, willing and able to provide free labour to worthy groups and individuals each week - they are Whanganui City College "pupil power".

Principal Peter Kaua said the initiative has arisen from the school's support in the community during last year's June floods.

"This initiative is aimed at educating our students to feel a sense of pride in 'giving back' to the place that we call our home - Whanganui," he said.

"Each week, on a Wednesday, there will be a group of 10-12 students and their whanau teacher available to provide man power for any job out in the community.


"Although we can provide some equipment like gloves, we request that the providers cover any additional items needed.

"We must also insist that the students' safety is paramount and this aspect must also to be taken into consideration when requesting the schools' services," Mr Kaua said.

A group went out to help with garden maintenance at Supporting Families in Mental Illness Wanganui last Wednesday and advisor Nancie Quigley said they were a great team.

"They were hard working, respectful and efficient - we were very happy with their efforts."

Ms Quigley said a team from WCC also helped the organisation to move from their Guyton St premises at the end of last year and did a "brilliant job."

Anyone interested in utilising "pupil power" should contact Whanganui City College on 349 0180 and Mr Kaua said the school will arrange for the property manager to come and scope the job and put it on the list of jobs to be done.