Stage 3 ... for the larger bodies

Stage 3 of the playground will be sited near the caretaker's shed. We are installing play elements for the older children that will require and build on upper-body strength. This adds balance to the activities that our children are currently enjoying, such as soccer, skiing, rugby, cycling and dance, which concentrate on lower-body strength and co-ordination.

The playground will be made up of galvanised steel elements such as ladders, rockwall, climbing ropes, crank wheel, flying fox, multi-vine and ring swings.

Pending weather, stage 3 is due to be completed in July 2017.

Latest photos of the house ... lock up late next week

Here are a couple of photos taken today (Friday 19th August) our our student photographers. By the end of next week, we will have achieved lock-up stage. If you are interested in buying this house, please give the team at hoamz a  call on 03 441 8858.

Thanks once again to our partners:

hoamz  |  GJ Gardner  |  Placemakers  |  Shotover Country Ltd

Looking good. The house will be all locked up next week.


A very tidy site - well done GJ Gardners.

School fundraiser breaks new ground

The following is the article published in the Mountain Scene last Thursday. It is reprinted here with permission.

A Queenstown primary school plans to use the resort’s runaway property market to help pay for its playground. A house will be built on a 573sq m section in the Shotover Country subdivision and auctioned. The profits will fund Shotover Primary School’s playground. The school’s board of trustees, GJ Gardner, Placemakers, Hoamz, Shotover Country landowners Sharyn and Grant Stalker and other tradespeople and suppliers are behind the scheme.

”We have big hopes for the amount of income which we can generate with such a high-profile initiative,’’ school principal Ben Witheford said. “The generosity of our partners means there’s potential for a really strong injection into the playground project, which is so vital to the school.’’

The playground falls outside central government funding grants, so the school board and the community have to reach into their pockets. Through grants, stalls, and other fundraisers the board has raised a quarter of the money needed for stage one of the playground project. But the total price tag is between $350,000 and $450,000.

Mr Witheford said the school would not have to find funds for the house project. Everyone had agreed to be paid when it was sold. Realtor firm Hoamz’ managing partner Fred Bramwell hit on the bright idea and approached the principal last year. The school roll will almost triple in size this year to 220 pupils, as it extends to year 8.

Wanaka playground designer Trish Wrigley has drawn up a master plan for the grounds, based on feedback from parents, children and the board.
Locals will be invited to use the equipment and spaces outside school hours.
— Paul Taylor | paul.taylor@scene.co.nz | Mountain Scene