Whangaparaoa Primary School is a step closer to a new bicycle track thanks to a financial grant from Harcourts Whangaparaoa via the Harcourts Foundation.
Students at Whangaparoa Primary School have set their sights on developing an off-road bicycle track that will run the circumference of their school field. The proposed 650m track will provide the students with more space to practise their cycle skills and has been designed to include technical features to build confidence.
Whangaparaoa Primary School Teacher, Debbie Thompson, says the students conceived the idea as a way to address the need for more space to enjoy riding their bikes on regular cycle days held at the school.
“The students currently use the asphalt area for cycle practise and it simply isn’t big enough for our growing student numbers. The students identified this as an issue and have helped to design a new off-road bicycle course.
New helipad lighting at the Mahurangi East Fire Station is helping helicopters to land safely.
Imagine it is late at night. The Westpac helicopter has airlifted an injured hiker from a remote track on the Mahurangi Peninsula and the helicopter is heading inland to connect to land transport. The pilot hits the trigger and suddenly out of the darkness the helipad lights at Mahurangi East Fire Station are ignited, guiding the pilot and injured passenger safely in to land.
Mahurangi East Fire Station Officer, Richard Wilcock, says this type of scenario is why it was important for the helipad at Mahurangi East Fire Station to undergo a lighting upgrade when the existing lighting became flooded and was no longer operational.
The replacement lighting was financed by the Mahurangi Community Trust, with support from local real estate group Harcourts.
Representatives from Harcourts Warkworth and Snells Beach visited the Mahurangi East Fire …