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HRC $9m Re-build

The Start

Since the earthquake of 2011 the College has been in discussion with the Ministry regarding its buildings and in particular the units that house the students. Following a very thick report commissioned by the Ministry it was decided that four new family-style villas will be built to accommodate up to 32 students. A multi-purpose learning environment (wharenui) will also be built, allowing students and staff to be together in a welcoming and multi-functional space. The redevelopment also includes earthquake strengthening of the main school buildings and an upgrade of the accommodation provided for visiting parents/caregivers.

This process for the most fit-for-purpose design has taken a year and we and the Ministry are planning on completion of the houses and wharenui by February 2017. We are looking forward to the opportunities that this new build will bring for students, staff and families.

It all started on 10 December 2015, and by 30 January 2016 all this had already happened!:

  • The work area had been fenced off and Tauawa and Rakaia Villas had been demolished! This included an archaeologist being on site in case something was found while digging!
  • The arborist had removed the trees that would interfere with the rebuild. The trunks of the trees have been kept for a new adventure playground and the chip from the branches will be used on the College gardens.
  • The trenching guys put in new ICT and power pits.
  • The builders salvaged a kitchen and rebuilt it in Te Ara Villa.
  • Contractors laid new fibre optic cable and joined it up to the school’s servers. 

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Turning of the Sod

On 15 April 2016 (the last day of Term 1) the official turning of the sod ceremony was held. This ceremony involves a Karakia that brings together the Mauri (life-source) into one place. The Mauri is then placed into a carved wooden box and cared for until it is returned to the ground once the building project is complete.

Unfortunately the Minister of Education, Hon. Hekia Parata was unable to attend however we were grateful that the Associate Minister, Hon. Nikki Kaye could participate in the ceremony.  She was supported by Tutehounuku (Nuk) Korako (National Party MP). We thank them for their attendance and supporting our rebuild.

You can read the Ministry of Education's media release on the 'Turning of the sod' ceremony here.


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What's happening now...

At the end of 2016 the conference room, parent/caregiver accommodation and McRae and Te Ara Villas were all demolished. The new residential houses and whare are now open complete with a new playground in the middle of the houses. Our kaiwhakahaere liaised with our local kaumatua and a blessing ceremony was held in February 2017, with the official Opening of the Buildings to take place early 2017.

Living spaces 


Outside covered area 


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