Havelock North Intermediate opens new Technology Block

The modern colourful effective learning spaces at Havelock North Intermediate are complete and the students are enjoying the new facility.

The Food Technology teacher Jane Basssett said: "The rooms are stunning and really enhance the delivery of our programmes."

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New Innovative Learning Environment for Frimley School

The new ILE upgrade to Frimley School Block G is now complete.

The new light bright and colourful space includes a Watering Hole where the students come together to exchange ideas and cross-pollinate, a Fire Pit where students can share stories, exchange ideas and a Cave to withdraw from the noise of the classroom.


Flexibility for Learning

Light, bright and transparent, the cheerful new block at Nelson Park School is a big change from the prefabs it used to have.

Principal Sue Bewley said until last year, the Napier school had three old prefabs in the middle of the school.

"The [old classrooms] were really small – 65m2 including cloakrooms," she says.

She says they still have the same area, but they’ve made better use of space.

"Now our bags hang outside – there are no corridors. It’s a plus having the deck as breakout spaces with ranch sliders, and we can use space for teaching and learning."

The old block was demolished to make way for a new building, with three flexible learning spaces and a breakout space.

It was designed by Dougan Larkworthy Team Architects and built by Holmes Construction.

Regional property advisor Alan Dibley says the new block cost around $600,000, which is an "outstanding result" for three learning spaces.

The areas are separated by glass doors which contain sound and warmth, but they can be joined so that larger groups can work together easily if they wish.

"It’s relaxed, it’s created the opportunity for there to be different levels of furniture and working spaces," she says.

"It just creates more freedom, movement, new fluidity. The kids love it."

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A graceful restoration 



The renovations of the homestead and cottage at Mangapapa are complete and the hotel is open for business again.


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We have some existing news to share today! Judd Dougan Team Architects has now become Dougan Larkworthy Team Architects. Paul Dougan and Robin Larkworthy the new company’s directors.

The team at Dougan Larkworthy Team Architects remain the unchanged. Tim Judd will remain with the team as a consultant and everything will continue as normal!



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Modern Learning Space at Havelock North High School

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The refurbished 100 Block at Havelock North High School was officially opened on Tuesday 28th July 2015 by Board Chairperson Dianne Keip.

The 100 Block is an S68 plan which was the common design for New Zealand secondary schools opened between 1971 and 1979. These schools are all characterised by single-storey classrooms of concrete block construction, with low-pitched roofs and internal, open courtyards. When the planning for the project began, the school was clear that while the S68 design of school had been built when the style of schooling was very much about putting a teacher in a box with 20 to 30 kids and a piece of chalk, modern learning styles demand more flexible spaces and are also heavy in their use of technology.

Following consultation with teachers and research into new trends in modern learning spaces, a concept which rethought how the curriculum is delivered, and what kind of school facility is required to support that, was developed for the 100 Block. It involved breaking out of the limitations of the traditional class room, and into a much more interactive learning environment. We were very sympathetic to these factors and created a new form to the building, which worked to enable external, as well as internal learning spaces. The refurbishment also created spaces that were bright, light, warm and inviting.

Construction is underway at Mangapapa Petit Hotel

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 Construction is underway on the renovation of the Homestead and cottage at Mangapapa Petit Hotel. The project will transform the existing deluxe suites in the Cottage into two very large split level suites boasting mezzanine bedrooms, luxury bathrooms, fireplaces and more. The rejuvenation of the Homestead will include creation of a new entrance for the hotel guests and new interior redecoration to Macon, Seefeld, Andorra, Bensheim and Verona Suites in the Homestead.

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Hawkes Bay Today 23 July 2014:

The Largest building project undertaken at Havelock North High School featured in the Hawkes Bay Today. The '100 Block' will be completely renovated and the new learning spaces have been designed to support a range of learning experiences including collaboration with others, application of new concepts, creation of new knowledge and teacher delivery. The new modern learning spaces designed to provide teachers and students with more flexibility to split classes into smaller working groups. The break-out and out-door spaces will offer students comfortable areas to socialise and to work collaboratively on learning tasks.

Flaxmere Community Centre re-opens with a gala ceremony 

Flaxmere Community Centre reopens Front Entrance2The recent opening event was a festive occasion with all visitors in good spirits. Groups of children from various schools came along to do presentations, and to swamp the major when he was cutting the ribbon. Councillor Henare O’Keefe kept things moving along and provided entertainment, when he could be heard above the sounds of noisy excited children. The building looks great and Henare’s phrase “Flaxmere rocks!” was repeated throughout the evening.


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