Our Dunedin team celebrated Matariki with the staff and students and whānau at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Otepoti.
The afternoon began with site tours through the new mixed used building for the tamariki, teachers and wider whānau. It was great to see everyone enjoy seeing their new space take shape, less than two months from completion, and for them to have the opportunity to look at the ‘hidden’ elements of the building – electrical cables, ducting etc.
Following the tours, we organised a BBQ lunch, beautifully cooked by Carters – it was fantastic seeing kai being shared between the Kura, the Naylor Love project team and trade teams, as well as our subcontractors and consultants.
Then came the big event; over the course of construction there has been plenty of banter with the tamariki (ages ranging from 5 – 18) about a game of touch rugby. Naylor Love rolled out a squad of 12 for an 8-a-side game. The Kura were kitted out in their local rugby team colours, Zingari Richmond Dragons. It was Dragons vs. The Builders.
The Dragons won the game, which was played in good spirits with plenty of laughter, 4 – 3 after a try on full time.
A tug of war served as the finale. This time it was the entire school vs. The Builders, with The Builders winning in a tough battle.
The whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable and a great way to celebrate our relationship with the Kura, where we’ve been on site since December.