Developers giving $100K to school

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.''