12 October 2017

News Timaru high schools

Millions of dollars are being spent at Timaru high schools as classrooms, gymnasiums and a foyer undergo refurbishment.
Timaru Girls' High School will have two new modern learning environments and is refurbishing its gymnasium, while Craighead Diocesan School is gaining a new gymnasium, field and outdoor area, and technology learning centre.
Timaru Boys' High School has a new entrance way to its main office and is looking to develop several classrooms later this term.


Craighead Diocesan School chairman of the board of proprietors Phillipa Guerin said the school had been planning on building a new gymnasium for about 15 years, but that was disrupted by the Canterbury earthquakes.
The earthquakes forced the school to build new accommodation for its boarders, Guerin said.
While this resulted in a modernised complex for the students to stay in, it delayed the gym.
Construction started on the gym in February, and was due for completion by term two next year, she said. 
"The wonderful thing about the construction of the gym is it's not just a gym."
The construction was taking place adjacent to the school's existing gymnasium, with a building connecting the two. The old gymnasium would be used as a technology learning centre, Guerin said.

The new gymnasium would also have a fitness area, kitchenette for functions and a climbing wall, she said. 
The school was also getting a new field area, artificial turf, and netball and tennis courts.
Guerin said the construction was the costing the school an amount "in the millions".
As the school was state integrated it did not receive any funding from the Ministry of Education, she said.
"Gary Rooney, local businessman, philanthropist and past parent has donated $1 million, as well as a project manger," she said.
That had given the school a "significant advantage" in getting the project forward.
The school also received grants from current and past members of the school's community, as well as the Timaru community, as and as such, was looking to make the facility available for use by the community, she said.
Thompson Construction and Engineering site manager Mike McEwing said construction was running on schedule.
Timaru Girls' High School principal Sarah Davis said construction was going well.
"We're due to finish on, I think, the 12th of December," she said. 
The school's stage 1 project was delayed in December after asbestos was found around old pipes, and work began again - once the asbestos was removed, in July. 
Classrooms 11 and 12 were being transformed into modern learning areas, and have been re-roofed and re-cladded. Builders were in the process of "sorting out" the interior, Davis said.
The school waited until the end of winter so that its physical education students could make use of its gymnasium during the cooler months.
As such, construction on it did not begin until September 29, she said.
"Everything's been going well, no set backs, and it's starting to really look fantastic."
Davis said construction should be finished by the end of this year, and open for use at the start of next year.

The $1.3 million project came about as a result of roll growth, and the school's five-year plan.
Timaru Boys' High School rector Nick McIvor said its new foyer was recently completed - but not yet officially opened, and the school was now looking towards developing several of its classrooms.
"We're underway this term with planning for what will be the upgrading for eight to 11 classroom refurbishments," he said.
A team was working to finalise a design in the coming weeks and McIvor hoped construction would begin towards the end of the year.
McIvor said the classroom project would be funded through the school's five year-plan.
He believed it would cost about half-a-million dollars.

Information from: www.stuff.co.nz

6 April 2017
News Big egg hunt

More than 1000 Easter eggs are waiting to be hidden in Temuka.
The second annual Temuka Plunket Easter Egg Hunt will be held at The Ashfield on April 8 and organisers have confirmed it will cater for about 200 children.
The hunt is a fundraiser for the town’s Plunket organisation.
Temuka Plunket president Sophie Sullivan said the event followed on from the success of last year’s hunt, which attracted big crowds.
“We raised about $2000 last year and we’re hoping for a similar amount again.”



This year’s hunt will also include a range of stalls on the grounds of Ashfield, as well as face-painting, a bouncy castle and items from the Temuka Toy Library.
Mrs Sullivan said money raised from this year’s hunt would be used to continue Plunket’s Temuka Music and Movement group, which is held on Thursday mornings at Wallingford Home.
“We’re also looking at setting up a kids’ fitness group one morning a week during winter as a way to get people out of the house and active.”
Mrs Sullivan said all eggs in the hunt were nut-free.
“The eggs are from Rainbow Confectionery and Thompson Construction has also supported us.
“We are very grateful for all the support.”
The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at The Ashfield, Cass St, Temuka on April 8, from 11am to 2pm. The egg hunt will start at 11.30am. Tickets cost $20 per family or $5 per individual, with gate sales only.

Information from: www.timarucourier.co.nz

March 31, 2017
News Coffee hit comes first
Cafe chain first tenant for retail complex

A national cafe chain has been confirmed as the first tenant in a Washdyke retail development.
Robert Harris will open a cafe at the complex, which will be built at 209 Hilton Highway on the former Seedlands site, at the turnoff to Pleasant Point on State Highway 1.
The project, being overseen by Hilton Nominees Ltd, will include retail and office space in an 1100sq m building, to be built by South Canterbury firm Thompson Construction and Engineering.
Hilton Nominees chairman Ken Buckingham would not disclose the cost of the project.



“I won’t disclose that information at this stage but can confirm that Robert Harris is the first confirmed tenant for the site,” he said.
The land has been owned by a group of shareholders, mostly South Canterbury-based, since 2007.
Mr Buckingham said the time was now right to develop it.
“For us, now’s the moment to do something with the land and build the retail complex.
“The design of the building is something we have been working on for a while and finalised earlier this year.”
Mr Buckingham said a start date for building the project would depend on the consent process.


The site was in a good location and would have good car parking, and the traffic lights offered good access to the complex, he said.
The development would have room for about four retail premises.
Having a first tenant was an exciting part of the project.
“We are very fortunate to have lots of space, which has allowed us to be more creative with the design, as well as offer extra car parking,” Mr Buckingham said.
“The design’s courtyard will offer a more European-styled environment, which is sure to be a hit with the Robert Harris customers.”
Robert Harris business development manager Rod de Lisle said the company saw Timaru as a “vibrant provincial city”.
“It’s lively and growing.”
The chain had a cafe in Stafford St about eight years ago, and was keen to reopen in Timaru, he said.
“It has been on our radar for a while.
“One of our most successful cafes is up the road, in Ashburton. Their customer base includes frequent travellers, many of whom have asked us to reopen a cafe in Timaru.”
Harris recently invested in a design makeover, encompassing a new look for its new cafes.
The company was looking for a franchisee for the Timaru cafe.

Information from: www.timarucourier.co.nz

1 March 2017

News Waimate Event Centre

Children play at the Waimate Event Centre

The progress of the multi millon dollar Waimate Event Centre has been described as a learning experience nearly 12 months after it's official opening.
Waimate District Council chief executive Stuart Duncan confirmed on Wednesday the facility had been valued at $6.2 million, contributing $500,000 more to the council's surplus than budgeted in the Long Term Plan.
Duncan's comments followed announcements on Tuesday the council had posted a $2.1 million surplus for the 2016/17 financial year, exceeding budget by more than $800,000.
The centre officially opened in December 2016.



It was valued at $5.5 million in July 2016. It began life as a $3.8 million investment by the district council and the community, and project partner Gary Rooney.
Latest statistics showed visitor numbers to the centre peaked at 3755 in June 2017, up from 3093 in May, before dipping to 2941 in July.
Figures had fluctuated over the months January to September, dropping to 1671 in September.
Council community and strategy manager Carolyn Johns said the council had expected user numbers to decline slightly as the outdoor sports commenced and people took advantage of the warmer weather and exercising outdoors.
"However the number of users since the Waimate Event Centre opened has exceeded our expectations," Johns said.
Duncan said: "We are still learning as we go but overall we are happy with the way it's going."

The attendance figures were pleasing though he was keen to see more people booking the facility for private functions.
"We are looking at a couple of things going forward which will likely include more sport including indoor soccer and indoor hockey," Duncan said.
"Staff have been in conversation with football representatives." 
At Tuesday's extra-ordinary meeting, councillors set fees for the use of the new cricket practice lane at the centre.
Councillors voted to approve a minimum pre booking rate of $20 per hour or a casual rate of $6 per person per hour with a maximum of five people.
Johns said there had been communication with cricket clubs who had sought casual use rates.
Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley said a casual rate was about attracting casual users.
"In my opinion we should be encouraging casual users."

Information from: www.stuff.co.nz

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