New Auckland South Unit under construction! (7 photos) ...
Once upon a time the Ministry of Education invited the Northern Health School to move its Auckland South Unit to a new school they were planning to build in Takanini. The school loved the idea and the Principal even managed to become a member of the establishment Board of Trustees. The new Board soon discovered that the school was to be built on a Kauri swamp and that the swamp was actually made up of peat, which is black and wet and soft. The architect, Tim designed a lovely two story school, but the engineer said the foundations will have to be 60m deep and will cost several million dollars. The Architect had to re-design the whole school to be only one story high.
In a weak moment the Board thought about calling the school Kauri Swamp school, but in the end they decided to call it Kauri Flats, because that is what the area used to be called and it is very flat!
Luckily for the Health school, Tim had already designed their building to be one level and all they had to do was wait for the Council to grant a permit. It was a very long wait! That is how the Health School building became the first permanent part of the new school. Kauri Flats school started at the beginning of the year with 36 students in a temporary building, which has already sunk 6mm into the swamp.
The builders have started with the foundations, which are long wooden poles called piles. These are pushed into the peat by a digger with a big hammer. Now the builders are connecting up the building with water pipes, electricity cables and internet fibre. These will all be connected to the Health School building, because it is the first permanent part of the school. The rest of the school will connect up to the Health School for their power and water.