Schools | Kura Projects

Te Akau ki Papamoa School playground

A new play space that links to the vision of Te Akau ki Papamoa School was an important part of the brief when designing a junior and senior playground for students.

The final design embodies history, heritage and connection with the local surroundings which was the perfect excuse for our teamto get creative. 

In the space we ensured we worked around the trees and included the three whales to recognise the importance of local legend (Pakiwaitara). One of them has its very own water spout which was a special surprise for the students. 

Spotlight on Rototuna Junior High playground

Working with the students at Rototuna Junior High gave Playground Creations the perfect opportunity to get creative.

Following the brief provided by the students, it was important to include equipment that encouraged socialisation, team-work and challenges, together with play equipment for increasing student numbers and to cater for all abilities.

The kahu was regarded as good luck if it was seen flying overhead during a tribal meeting, so this was incorporated in the playground design along with eel balance logs and native plantings.

The result is an outstanding play space that provides an exciting variety of equipment and seating for use during school breaks and class time.

Tahatai Coast School playground

Playground Creations nailed it! Our playground is challenging and engaging, it supports creative play and cleverly maximises the space. 

From design to build, we found the team highly professional, knowledgeable, patient and adaptable. 

The result is outstanding!

Golden Sands School playground

Working with Golden Sands School in Papamoa, to create a playground for all ages at a school with growing numbers of students, was an exciting project.  

A school with a clear vision for the playground build helped this along. A detailed brief was given on site, together with the positioning of the playground.  

Due to the location, a seaside theme was a must and the students dreamed of a tower they could climb, hoping to glimpse the sea from the top.

The theme created had key features including a boat, tower with thatched roof and tube slide for an ultimate sliding experience. Natural play was incorporated to encourage imaginative and social play experiences, together with a good variety of overhead, climbing and balance activities to ensure students get the play activities they need to learn and grow. 

The playground stands proud finished in purple and gold – the school colours.

Hamilton East School playground

Thinking playgrounds? Lets get creative...

Design work for a new playground at Hamilton East School, different to the other play spaces around the school, got us thinking of a modular play concept, designed to challenge the students’ body and mind. 

This play system caters for all age groups with low and higher level activities that will see students moving in creative ways.  

The blend of different textures with artificial grass, a sand pit and natural play elements completes the play space and suits the site perfectly.

View Road School playground

“Playground Creations worked so well with our students and playground committee, involving everyone in the process in a respectful way. 

We wanted a playground that maximised the shade of our beautiful big old trees, which made good use of natural colours and materials. We got the playground we wanted and more. 

Our new playground is a hit with all ages – we cater for up to year 8. We love the ‘soft topped stepping stones’ and our school values are etched into the balance beams, which make our playground unique and individual to us. 

Our families enjoy the reflection deck as much as our children do and the swings are just ‘the bomb’. We enjoyed the entire process with Playground Creations, and we know that our playground is about us and our school.” 

– Principal, View Road School

Puketaha School playground

Playground refresh

It’s a big thumbs up from the students at Puketaha School! By revamping their beloved tower and adding a new activity net with connecting bridge, this play space has been completely transformed. 

The existing playground was refreshed with some new equipment, decks and shock pads for new play experiences.

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