Mobile Mission Maintenance New Zealand (MMMNZ) volunteers
(from left) secretary Muriel Gilmore, of Oamaru, Jim McKie,
of Christchurch, South Island team leader Barry Gilmore, of
Oamaru, Tony Hardy, of Tauranga, Zachary Lathan, of
Melbourne, Stan Zweis, of Gore, James Adamek, of Melbourne,
and Alan Mitchell, of Waimate, with KingsView Early
Learning Centre manager Gill Hodgson and teacher Yvette
Nugteren, both of Frankton. Photo by James Beech.
KingsView Early Learning Centre is a hive of building
activity as volunteers work hard to prepare the much needed
facility for Wakatipu preschool children this month.
Mobile Mission Maintenance New Zealand volunteers from around
the South Island and Heathdale Christian College pupils from
Melbourne participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
scheme rolled up their sleeves over the past three weeks.
Their aim was to transform premises next to the operating
KingsView School in Frankton into a state-of-the-art facility
suitable for up to 30 children aged between 0 and 5 years to
enrol in stages.
Earthquake proofing, safe-fall flooring on indoor and outdoor
play areas, lighting, painting, decorating, gardening and
more improvements were being completed in the extensive
Centre manager Gill Hodgson, of Frankton, said parents and
future parents kept stopping by to ask when the facility
would be open.
The hope was the centre would be able to accept its first
children this month, depending on Ministry of Education
licensing, Mrs Hodgson said.