School rises from ashes

Thursday June 13, 2019 Written by Published in Education

Six years after the heart-breaking fire that left much of Nukutere College in ashes, the new school building is nearing completion.


Landholdings began pouring concrete in March. Three months on, the new structure is rising proudly from the ashes.

Bishop Paul Donoghue is pleased the construction is moving quickly: “It’s been a long wait.”

The building will house four classrooms, a science laboratory, the English and maths departments and one other.

Principal of the college Delaney Yaqona says it has been awesome watching the speed at which the classrooms are being built, and every day the kids excitedly watch the progress of the laying of the concrete blocks counting the layers of bricks.

John Batty, Landholdings representative says the handover to the college is likely to happen in a few weeks.

There have been about 15 Landholding’s tradies working on the site each day alongside electricians from Randolph George, and Raro Plumbing tradesmen.

The new school rooms are bright, spacious, airy with ceiling to floor louvres and has a great view of greenery to complement learning.

The first fire occurred on February 20, 2006, with the second in 2013; the school then faced land issues when the 99-year lease expired in November 2014.

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