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Helping Hands - 3 epic playgrounds to be won

The Mitre 10 Helping Hands programme is committed to creating and building better spaces for our communities across New Zealand and it’s time for our next big project:


Entries close 11.59pm, 31 October 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

Please read the section below and the terms and conditions. If you still have any questions on the submission process, please email [email protected] and we’ll aim to answer any queries within two to three business days.

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Get your primary school to enter online at the link above. We want only one entry per school so please contact your school to check if they have entered. Only schools that offer primary education for years 1-6 or 1-8 are eligible.

What kind of playground will the three winning primary schools receive?

We’ve partnered up with Playground People Ltd who will work alongside us and the winning schools to design and build three epic playgrounds. They are experts at creating playgrounds for kids, check out the Playground People website to see more of their incredible work.

For the prize value please refer to the Terms and Conditions.


How will the winning schools be decided?

We have a judging panel on standby who will be looking at a number of factors to make their decision. They’ll be considering the impact the playground will have on the school and local community, but they’ll also be looking for sites that are viable as not every patch of ground is suitable to build on. Please refer to the judging criteria below.  The more information a school includes in their submission the better. See submission form for information required.

Judging Criteria

The Promoter will select three (3) Schools (the Winning Schools) based on the following criteria:

  • A valid entry submission.              
  • The submission shows a demonstrably positive impact on the school where the project is based.
  • The following will information provided by the school will also be considered – the state of existing playground, what play equipment do you currently have, how old/safe is the current equipment, any demolition that may be required, site measurements, any current plans to replace or upgrade, contour of the lands, compliance, or council requirements to be aware of on potential site.
  • Strong before photos, video or other visuals provided with Entry Submission Form, that clearly show the project to be completed.
  • A spokesperson from the school will be available for interviews.
  • Any work related to the playground build on-site could be carried out between March and July 2022.
  • The final Winning Schools will be decided by the Promoter in its sole discretion and be notified by Tuesday 30 November. 
  • The Promoter will arrange a school visit with potential winners during the judging phase. 
  • During the judging phase schools may be contacted for further information on their application. 

When will the winning playgrounds be built?

We will start working with the winning schools as soon as we announce them and will aim to carry out the bulk of the build from March 2022 onwards. Note that factors outside of our control such as Covid alert levels and physical factors of the site may impact these dates.


Proudly supporting Kiwis and their communities

Being proudly locally owned and part of the local community, we like to lend a helping hand to those in need including charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations.  

We do this with practical hands-on help - like building decks and sheds, making over gardens and playgrounds, painting walls and laying floors.

As a co-operative spread from Kaitaia to Invercargill – every year we support hundreds of community-based initiatives that help Kiwis love where they live, work and play.  You can check out a few of the more recent Helping Hands projects below.


Local Helping Hands Community Projects