Harcourts lends support for new bicycle track at Whangaparaoa Primary School

By andreasvendsen on December 10, 2014

Students from Whangaparaoa Primary with Harcourts business owner Colin Hair low res

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.

“The cycle track will complement the existing bike safety courses that are facilitated by community police and held at the school.”

Local real estate group, Harcourts, last week presented a cheque for $2500 to Whangaparaoa Primary School to support the development of the track.

Business owner Colin Hair says Harcourts is pleased to be able to contribute.

“It’s increasingly important for students to have a safe environment where they can develop cycle confidence so we’re proud to be able to support this project. The Harcourts Foundation exists exactly for this purpose; supporting the local communities where we live and work.”

Whangaparaoa Primary School principal, Steve Collins, says the school is grateful for the support from Harcourts.

“We still have a lot of work to do to make this cycle track a reality – both in terms of fundraising and in physically building the cycle course – but with the support of organisations like Harcourts and the hard work of students, teachers and the community, we hope to have this project underway next year.”

The Harcourts Foundation was established in 2008 and to date has raised almost three million dollars to support local community groups. Money is raised through charitable giving by Harcourts employees, as well as fundraising events.