Shotover Primary to join 'green' schools

Shotover Primary School, due to open next year, will join the growing list of ''green'' schools in New Zealand.

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said the Government's building programme for schools was breaking fresh ground by ensuring new schools met exacting environmental building standards.

''Children are reaping the benefits of learning in classrooms with plenty of natural light and warmth and featuring energy-efficient lighting and heating.

''Additionally, schools with energy-efficient lighting and heating benefit from reduced operating costs and long-term maintenance costs,'' Ms Kaye said.

The first school to generate as much energy as it used was Pegasus Bay School, north of Christchurch, which produced power from solar panels.

The school opened earlier this month, bringing the number of state schools meeting the Green Star building standard to 14.

The $17 million Shotover Primary School will ultimately accommodate 650 pupils.