New 'construction gang' at MAZ
Mary Kelliher has brought a new dimension into the lives of several Mangawhai youngsters through her holiday and after school ‘ Sew Smart’ sessions, where she teaches the art and craft of sewing.
She is also the Secretary of the Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ) and when she saw an opportunity to incorporate some of MAZ's construction into her programme, she took the idea to pupils at Mangawhai Beach School to source a ‘construction gang’.
Students who were interested applied, filling out ‘job applications’, and stated why they wanted to be involved in the project.
Once accepted, the team comprising of Sean Brennan, Katelyn Pow, Madison James, Ruby Judson, and Ella Kraft, set about creating multi-coloured mushroom boards to complement MAZ's recently erected macrocarpa log tables and chairs.
“MAZ is primarily for the younger generation but until now it has all been built by adults,” says Mary. “I believe it’s important the younger generation take a hands-on role so in the years to come they will have a closer affinity to the park. Also I really like this project because it's reality-driven, it's great for kids, rather than everything being digital.”
n A big thanks goes out to BG Contracting and Placemakers for generously supplying and cutting plywood for the project.
MARVELLOUS MUSHROOMS: Master builders Ruby Judson (front) and Sean Brennan