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New playground for Apii Te Uki Ou

Monday August 28, 2017 Written by Published in Local
New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall and his wife Pamela were warmly welcomed by the students of Apii Te Uki Ou. 17081815 New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall and his wife Pamela were warmly welcomed by the students of Apii Te Uki Ou. 17081815

New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall and his wife Pamela were invited to the primary school in Ngatangiia last Friday morning for the formal blessing and opening of the new playground equipment, paid for by the High Commission. 

 

The playground is a project to update school equipment which was built about 20 years ago when the school first opened.

The cost of the donated equipment was around $16,000 and it was imported from New Zealand.

The visitors said they were honoured to be in the presence of the principal, teachers, school board representatives, parents, supporters and the school students. 

After a prayer, the High Commissioner cut the ribbon helped by school treasurer Rory Quirk.

The ceremony was followed by a prizegiving recognising the efforts of a number of the students.

Marshall said he was very pleased the New Zealand High Commission had been able to assist with the project.

“I had the easy part, approving the completed funding application.

“Without the vision of this school, the initiatives taken to seek support, without the energy and determination that was so obvious from the school in constructing and otherwise organising the playground, then none of this would have happened.”

“This is great for the children. Exercise in all its forms is an important component of education for children at any school.”

            - Release/MC

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