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Helping Hands - Project Playground is coming to these three schools!

Thank you to all schools that sent in submissions for our Mitre 10 Helping Hands Project Playground programme. The response was huge, we heard from over 500 schools – almost half the primary schools in Aotearoa. And we have awesome news for these three schools – we’re going to build each of you an epic playground designed specifically for your children, your whanau and your communities.

  • Te Hapara School in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne
  • Colwill School in Massey, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
  • South New Brighton School in Ōtautahi Christchurch 

Check out what Te Hapara, Colwill and South New Brighton Schools had to say.


Colwill School - Massey, Auckland

“This is just so amazing for our school, the children, their whanau and our staff. We feel as though we have just won the lottery! After such a long period of having to make the best of our old worn playground set up we are over the moon with this very generous win. We are looking forward to working closely with Mitre 10 to develop something completely WOW for our children to enjoy!”

- Rob Taylor (Principal) and Liz Whithouse (Assistant Principal)


Te Hapara School - Gisborne

"We dared to dream big on behalf of everyone in our school and all of the visitors that use our kura as a meeting place or a venue for their clubs.  We would like to express our sincere gratitude and look forward to sharing our smiles and Aroha along this journey!"

- Year 5 ‘Saltie Soarer Leaders’

“We never underestimate the importance of having fun and so we are truly grateful to Mitre 10 for choosing our school to turn up the fun-dial with a new playground! Our new playground will be a place that grows friendships, where everyone is tuakana-teina.  It will provide new challenges and grow physical and spiritual well-being. Most importantly this is where great and long-lasting memories will be made, so thanks again Mitre 10!”

- Miss Daniels & Miss Duncan, young at heart!


South New Brighton School - Christchurch

“We are absolutely thrilled to win a new playground makeover, thank you so much to Mitre 10.  Our school has been waiting sooooo long for new buildings and the opportunity to upgrade our school grounds, so to have a kick start like this is wonderful.  We will be celebrating our Centenary in 2022 and as a huge bonus we will have an exciting new playground for students where they can play, learn and have fun.  Positive news like this is an absolute boost to spirits.”

- Sue Walls (Principal)


We’re also gifting $10,000 Mitre 10 Gift Cards to two further schools, Wharenui School in Ōtautahi Christchurch, and Puketapu School in Ngāmotu New Plymouth, to help them make improvements to their playgrounds too.


Wharenui School - Ōtautahi Christchurch


Puketapu School - Ngāmotu New Plymouth






The Prize

We are working with The Playground People, who will work with the three schools to design and create a playground to the value of $140,000 NZD incl GST.

The Playground People are experts at creating epic playgrounds for kids. Check out the Playground People website to see playgrounds they have created around New Zealand. 

For more information on the playgrounds please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

When will the playgrounds be built? 

The planning stage kickstarts now with the aim to finalise playground designs by December 2021.  The goal is to carry out the bulk of the build from March 2022 onwards. 

Stay tuned for the finished playgrounds!


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