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Upper Hutt Leader : November 9th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service 3446845AW ENROL NOW HAPPY DAYS B4 & AFTER SCHOOL CARE Qualified Primary Teacher Oscar Approved Locally & Privately Owned For further information Contact Elaine or Philippe 5284455 WOF LTSA Approved Corner Queen & King Streets, Upper Hutt Ph 04-528 9770 Fax 04-528 9737 Queen St Auto Centre Ltd WITH EVERY WOF *Some conditions may apply Back for 2011 Bring in a copy of this Ad to receive 3758693AA FREE WIPER BLADES 3758693AM Library 'hub' opens at school Old gives way to new for project By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Ready for the 21st century: Foundation principal Jim Milburn with the new library at Maidstone Intermediate. Proud moment: Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins and mayor Wayne Guppy admire the paua shell inlaid library name Pataka Unga Matauranga they unveiled with Orongomai Marae kuia Hine Poa. Photos: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Maidstone Intermediate s $1.4 million 21st century library was opened last week, replacing the library built when the school was opened more than 40 years ago. The official ceremony involving the whole school was about to start outdoors when rain began to fall. Principal Richard Patterson said a late call but a good call was made to quickly move guests, staff and students into the hall for the first part of the ceremony. Mr Patterson said the new 400 square metre library, named Pataka Unga Matauranga, was the hub of the school and an out- standing example of the 21st century environment that showed what could be achieved after knocking down an out-of-date building. It was unfortunate the school could not do the same with some of its classrooms because of funding and instead they would be renovated. Education Minister Anne Tolley had visited the previous day and said that in hindsight the $45m shared among Upper Hutt s inter- mediate and state secondary schools should have been shared differently, Mr Patterson said. Considerable thought and effort by many people had gone into the building, he said. It was designed with students in mind. Make sure you take full advan- tage of the opportunities this space will provide, he told students. The previous library dated from 1970, when the school opened, and was at the forefront of design and we have knocked it down . Foundation principal Jim Milburn said he was delighted to return to the school. He recalled the very official type of celebration for the formal opening about three months after the school opened its doors at the beginning of 1970. He told pupils then they could have the next day off school and was later reprimanded by his old friend, the Minister of Education, Brian Talboys. I was surprised he told me off and said you had no right . I said: I didn t know, I just thought it a good idea . Maidstone Intermediate had opened over two years, starting in 1970 with 300 form one students. We were to be the only school in the area with a freestanding library. Mr Milburn told the story of a girl called Linda, then 11, who did not bother with books because she did not enjoy reading. She left for the South Island so Mr Milburn posted her a book. She wrote back to say she enjoyed reading the book, Tom's Midnight Garden, and could not put it down. The new library sounded so wonderful she enclosed her old uniform and asked for it be sold and the money spent on new books. So I hope she is still reading and enjoying books, Mr Milburn said. Mihaere Kirby said rain was a good sign to Maori as it repres- ented ancestors crying when a new whare was being opened. Rain stopped, as if on cue, for the official party, followed by the school, to walk across to the library where Mr Milburn and current principal Richard Patterson cut the ribbon. Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, mayor Wayne Guppy and Orongomai Marae kuia Hine Poa unveiled the library name inside the main doors. Kaumatua and kuia blessed the building by sprinkling holy water. Everyone followed them through the library before returning to the hall for the cake cutting by librarian extraordinaire Denice Asprey, board chairwoman Heather Clegg and student Finn Greville, who was part of the orig- inal design team. Mrs Clegg thanked everyone involved in the project, starting with main contractor Maycroft Construction, and the school s kapa haka group members for singing and performing their own haka. The library was finished on time and within budget, Mrs Clegg said. Old shelving had been re- powder coated to look like new and many people had donated books. A special tribute was made to Ms Asprey, who was given a bou- quet of flowers.
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