Te Uku Primary School playground update

Te Uku Primary School has had an exciting 2023! The school has seen roll growth, continued our learning journey and built an awesome new playground! After more than 25 years of service from the last playground, the school had to make the decision to replace it for the safety and physical demands of our active students.  

Students were surveyed to identify what they enjoyed about the old playground and what improvements could be incorporated into the new one. Once the design was decided it was amazing to have the community back the school and help with removing the old playground and raise money for the new one. 

Parents, Friends of Te Uku and Board Members all helped out to raise money through corporate sponsorship from local businesses and more further afield. The local community and family members further away supported the school by purchasing bricks to line a footpath leading to the playground which will be laid in the new year. The proceeds from the bricks went directly to the playground fund. 

Parents and friends of Te Uku School worked through sun, rain, mud and sometimes into the night to remove the old playground. Time was donated generously, as was the use of tractors, trailers, power tools and a special thanks to West Coast Hire for the free use of a digger.  

The old playground did not go to waste. All of it was purchased by wide eyed mums and dads and re-homed to homes around the area for more fun in front and back yards! Again, all proceeds going to the playground fund.  

The school was very privileged to have Kaumatua Russell Riki bless our new playground with a meaningful ceremony with staff, children and community members in attendance. The school also showed their appreciation with an opening ceremony to thank all of its sponsors that helped make the playground replacement possible. A more permanent “thank you” was also unveiled during the ceremony to acknowledge those sponsors that gave very generously. 

The Board, staff and students would like to extend a huge thank you to all that helped out and donated to such an important part of Te Uku School life.  

Please support our sponsors where you can 

ASP Scaffolding 

Brand Impact 




Meridian Energy 

Next Level Roofing 


Raglan Food Co. 


Wainui Environmental 


Trust Waikato 

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