Wainui School takes part in biggest makeover yet

Hundreds of people from the Wainui community were out in force on Sunday 18th May to help out with Wainui School’s Treemendous School Makeover in one of our biggest plantings to date. 

The Treemendous School Makeover programme is a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson, a New Zealand conservation charity, and sees four schools selected each year to receive a $10,000 makeover for an area of their school using New Zealand native plants.

On Sunday, students, teachers and members of the Wainui community, were joined by staff from North Harbour Mazda Glenfield, North Harbour Mazda Silverdale and Mazda New Zealand. Project Crimson staff and their team of helpers transformed an unused area of Wainui School’s grounds into a space for the students to explore and enjoy.

The school tackled what was nothing but a large muddy area and totally revamped it with a mammoth 1,300 native plants, pathways and educational signage. The students will be able to weave their way through the native bush on a number of brand new paths to a specially created seating area.

“Previously, this area was completely unused so we are excited to have restored the bush close to its natural state. This new garden will also allow the students to learn about the environment with a hands-on approach," says Gillian Bray, Principal at Wainui School.  “We were overwhelmed with the incredible support from our local community including all those who generously donated supplies and their time to this makeover, including Pak ‘n Save, Silverdale.”

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and Local Councillor Penny Webster both put on their gumboots and attended the event showing their support for the local community.  "Wainui School is a big part of this close knit community and it was great to see so many people turn up on the day to create this space for the students. It really brings the community together and lifts morale,” says Mark Mitchell, Rodney MP.

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, says, “Mazda is proud to be part of Treemendous School Makeovers. It’s great to see Wainui School encourage learning about the environment from such a young age along with helping to protect our native flora and fauna.”

Wainui School is the second school to receive a Treemendous School Makeover this year after Cromwell Primary School received a makeover in March. Other primary schools will receive a makeover this year are Naenae Primary School, Lower Hutt in June, and Pegasus Bay School, Waikuku in September.