Shades Waikato LTD director Phillip Morrissey said the New Zealand company hoped to have the project completed by the middle of the year.
“We start the foundations this week, excavate the soil, and then take measurements back to New Zealand and fabricate the structure, before returning hopefully in July, to put the framing up.”
PTA chairperson Maru Apera said the school was pleased finally begin the work this week.
“We have been working at it since back in 2013, so it has been longer than we thought but to finally have things getting underway this week is great.”
Apera said the new space would be used by students and teachers at the school as well as the wider community.
“We don’t have much shaded area here for the students to enjoy, so having this shaded area will be for them to enjoy, but it will also allow us to hold functions and activities here at school rather than using the National Auditorium next door.”
The Indian Grant Fund provided most of the funds for the project, contributing $150,000, while the rest came from the school’s fundraising efforts.
VIPs present included Reverend Vaka Ngaro and Samantha Beckett representing the New Zealand High Commission.