This project was conceptualised after the 6.5 Christchurch earthquake in 2013 and the 7.8 earthquake in 2016 left damage to the Awatere Early Childhood Center. The Plunket building was red stickered and the Playcentre was also damaged. Ongoing costs were getting too much to fix these buildings so an alternative was sought. Fundraising began and soon enough their target of $2.4M was realized thanks to an array of generous sponsors such as Lotteries NZ.
It wasn’t without its ups and downs. We managed COVID-19 freezes and consequently material supply issues and increased costs. It was important to us that the build went on so we absorbed these costs and managed the supply issues with our fantastic network and storage abilities.
Here's four things you may not know about the project: