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Tamahere Park playground

Tamahere Park grand opening was a triumph for the community, drawing a big crowd as reported in the
Waikato Times.  

Tamahere Playground is located on Wiremu Tamihana Drive in Tamahere, which is just south of Hamilton. The playground was officially opened with the support of Students from Tamahere Model Country School who performed a haka and waiata to commemorate the official opening of the park. A tree planting by local tamariki, and a blessing for Ngati Haua, took place before local children were free to play.  

Designed by Boffa Miskell Landscape Architects for the local community, Playground Creations supplied the play equipment and completed the installation.  

The main tuna structure represents the eel (tuna) that live in our Waikato River. A large mound provides excellent opportunities for sliding, climbing, scaling and jumping on any of the three trampolines. 

There is a good variety of activities including the popular Roktopus Mouse House, rockers, spinners, and percussion play for all ages and abilities.

 An amazing play space has been created for a community that wanted something different. 

Spotlight on Jim Barker Memorial Playground

The park was named after transport industry legend and proud Otorohanga local – Jim Barker.

Located in New Zealand’s official ‘Kiwiana Town’, the project was initiated by the Project Kiwiana Committee and supported by the Barker Family. Bespoke Landscape Architects designed the playground with a wide range of equipment and experiences for all ages and abilities. 

Working with Bespoke Landscape Architects, a custom-built truck, the ‘Straitsman’ boat and a flying fox were created and built by Playground Creations.

The truck represents Jim Barker and Otorohanga Transport, where local and visiting families can imagine driving to farms or herding livestock up the race.  

The ‘Straitsman’ boat allows children to image “sailing” across the Cook Straight with their heads full of dreams.

Rotary Park playground

Creative natural play is linked with the history of the land at Rotary Park Playground in Tauranga.

Designed by Beca Landscape Architects for the Tauranga City Council, Playground Creations supplied the play equipment, landscaping and completed the installation.  

There is an outdoor classroom where stories of the site can be told, designed in the shape of the Opupu (catseye shellfish) with a focus on natural play. 

Stainless steel embankment slides and scale ropes sheltered by the trees, the flounder net rooted in sand, logs dotted on ends and seesaws make for a perfect play space. 

The mix of a variety of textures – sand, softfall, shell and plantings were used to enliven the children’s senses.

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