New Life for Greenpark School

Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Tā Mark Solomon addresses manuhiri (guests).

Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Tā Mark Solomon addresses manuhiri (guests).

Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Tā Mark Solomon, joined Taumutu Rūnanga and Te Waihora Management Board (TWMB) members, at the opening of the Greenpark School site on May 1.

 

Greenpark School, located within the Selwyn District a short distance from the township of Lincoln,  was closed in January 2014.

 

Now, as part of a Te Rūnanga – Te Waihora Management Board initiative, school buildings will be re-used for education and community activities. It will serve as a welcome home and collaborative hub for a range of exciting Te Waihora activities.

 

And the official ribbon is cut, heralding a new start for the school buildings.

And the official ribbon is cut, heralding a new start for the school buildings.

Selwyn District Council Mayor Kelvin Coe and Environment Canterbury Commissioner David Caygill were also in attendance at the opening, along with Fonterra Representative, Stuart Gray,  board and rūnanga representatives, staff from the Department of Conservation, Waihora Ellesmere Trust and Environment Canterbury, as well as local farmers and members  of the local Greenpark community.

 

It was a wonderful day with good company, good kai and an opportunity to kōrero with a

wide range of community members. Fonterra is funding operational costs at Greenpark and their generosity is appreciated.