A little bit of magic has taken place in Taheke this September…
Students, staff, community members, & school trustees from Waima & Omanaia School collaborated to ‘make over’ the Taheke Bus Shelter in a single day.
What was formerly a smelly, rubbish filled space that was covered in graffiti is now a brightly coloured roadside attraction.
Designs were painted in pastel colours by children from both schools who also worked together to collect 6 sacks of rubbish from in & around the small space. Time was the biggest challenge however and everyone pushed to complete the job in a single school day.
“It was a non-stop fun day with not too many adults”
Charlamaine Tauiti-Kingi 8yrs.
The project has 4 stages and is designed to raise driver awareness of students who are waiting roadside for the school bus each day.
- Stage 1: Paint the Taheke Bus Shelter
- Stage 2: Paint the Omanaia Bus Shelter
- Stage 3: Paint a fence post for each bus stop on route to school
- Stage 4: Put a brightly coloured fence post in at every stop
“Drivers know that they need to slow down when the bus is there but we are hoping that this project will remind drivers to be aware that children as young as 5years old may be standing roadside from 7am onwards. So we are hoping they will have a care whenever they see those brightly coloured posts on the roadside.”
Dallas Williams – BOT Chair – Te Kura o Waima
By the end of the project it is hoped that the brightly coloured posts & two prominent bus shelters will act as regular reminders to all motorists to be aware of our youngest community members as they wait on the roadside for the bus.
Thanks to Bunnings Kaikohe, Dulux, & AK Logging for sponsoring the paint & materials along with brushes etc from both schools.