The people behind a multimillion-dollar residential
development near Queenstown have pledged $100,000 to the
resort's newest school, due to open next year.
Sharyn and Grant Stalker, of the Shotover Country
development, announced on Thursday they would contribute
$20,000 a year for the next five years to Shotover Primary
School, being built within the development.
SPS establishment board of trustees chairwoman Sally
Mingaye-Hall said it was an extraordinary gesture.
''Schools always need more and it often takes a while for the
new school to fundraise for additional equipment, training,
all sorts of things,'' she said.
The first instalment would be used for learning technology
and equipment, and professional development.
The next would probably go towards an environment programme
and outdoor play equipment.
The Stalkers said it was important to support the school.
''This is one way we can continue to invest in that
community, by assisting the school to give our kids the best
education they can possibly get.''