Kihikihi goes artificial

Kihikihi School principal Sunny West, centre, with students, from left, Izaiah Nathan, Nui Harris Martin, Marilyn Roore-Hose and Evelyn Shury on the school’s new artificial turf on Monday.

Kihikihi School’s new artificial turf was officially opened for play last week.

It was installed by Teamturf thanks to a $57,000 Grassroots Trust grant the school applied for in December.

Principal Sunny West said “nearly every single student” on the school’s roll of more than 170 children wanted to try it out on the
first day it was open last Thursday.

The turf – a full sized netball court featuring handball squares – took about a fortnight to install.

“Having an all-weather surface is wonderful, because now we have a safe environment to play on whenever the fields are too wet or boggy.”

She said it was an asset for both the school and the community.

“As we see it, the whole basis of developing our school grounds is undertaken not just with our children at school in mind, but also our wider community.”

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