Tereora College Redevelopment Project

Infrastructure that supports the outcomes of the Education Master Plan, the aspirations of Tereora College, the community, and the Cook Islands as a whole.

Tereora College will undergo a complete redevelopment. The shared vision is that the completed College will enable greater learning opportunities for Cook Islanders and become the benchmark for further secondary school developments in the country. Redevelopment of the College responds to demands for flexible learning environments, the high cost of maintaining the current buildings, deficiencies in site and services, evolving learning and teaching practises and the growth in student numbers. The new College is being designed to accommodate 750 students, 50 teachers and 10 support staff; draw on the heritage of the area; provide high quality, fit-for-purpose, and comfortable learning environments; and adapt to climate change. A four-stage approach is being considered to complete the College reconstruction. On August 4th 2015 during the Cook Islands celebration of 50 years independence in free association with New Zealand, Rt Hon. John Key pledged up to $11.7 million to complete Stage 1 of the project. Since then, the Grant Funding Arrangement (GFA) between governments was developed and signed. Full redevelopment of the College is currently estimated to cost $40 million. The project is led by the Cook Islands Investment Corporation, New Zealand High Commission, Ministry of Education, Tereora College, and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management. This redevelopment is the top education infrastructure priority in the Cook Islands.

Mission: "The redevelopment of Tereora College will provide young Cook Islanders with 21st century learning spaces and opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to contribute to the advancement of our country. The new infrastructure for the national college will be a flagship for future development in education" - Hon. Henry Puna, Prime Minister and Minister for Education.

The fruition of a special relationship between the New Zealand and Cook Islands Governments was celebrated yesterday morning with the official opening and handover ceremony of Stage 1 of the Tereora College Redevelopment Plan. Staff, students, stakeholders, landowners and the wider community gathered to celebrate this milestone in the presence of Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Two buildings were presented; the Technology Centre and Student Research/Administration building. The Technology Centre is a hub for technology and creativity. It houses Design and Visual Communications (DVC), Construction and Mechanics (commonly known as woodwork and metalwork) Food, Digital and Textile facilities. The Student Research Centre and Administration building is the heart of the College. In addition to providing tutorial spaces, support services, administration offices and a library, the building houses a Seminar room – the first of its kind in the country. These buildings, complimented by a selection of vibrant and ergonomic furniture, will facilitate innovative learning and teaching practices.

The buildings are a testament of the growing capability of Cook Islanders to undertake projects of this scale. Construction began in November 2016 and was carried out by local contractor, Landholdings Ltd. The company teamed with other local service providers including; Raro Plumbing and Drainage Contractors Ltd, Andersons Electrical, RK George Electrical, Cook Islands Steel Industries Ltd, Nikao Beach Sheetmetal and CITC Building Centre. When requested, representatives from Te Aponga Uira, Bluesky Cook Islands and Infrastructure Cook Islands were onsite to identify the location of existing services. This approach reemphasizes the company’s philosophy – to include as many Cook Islanders, traders and service providers as possible and to harness their local knowledge and expertise.

The new buildings incorporate climate adaptation and mitigation measures where feasible. Large french windows on the Technology Centre allow maximum natural ventilation through general learning areas. These windows are easier to clean and work better to contain cool air within rooms fitted with air con units. Ceiling fans support the circulation of fresh air and louvered clerestory windows and wind-driven ventilators help expel hot air. A combination of french, awning and sliding windows are installed on the Student Research Centre and Administration building to suit the functions and performance needs of each space while providing security against wind-driven rain, maximum natural light entry and line-of-sight for monitoring student movements.

Cultural acknowledgement has always been an important aspect of this redevelopment. Three (3) parts of the school are decorated with a timber façade, each inspired by a Polynesian motif that is symbolic of the functions of the respective buildings. The pattern used around the Technology Center was inspired by the ‘weave’ – a traditional form of technology and creativity. Outside the library is a pattern indicative of pages of a book. The pattern used on the western face of the Student Research Center and Administration building was inspired by a ‘spear’ – a symbol of leadership. These unique features also function as shading devices and security barriers when maintenance is required. Precast panels that shelter the Seminar room are indented with an abstract representation of sails on a vaka - symbolising the journey of knowledge. For a seminar room this theme is fitting given that the presenter is transferring knowledge to an audience which then ripples to the community.

Redevelopment of the College and the delivery of Stage 1, being New Zealand’s 50th anniversary gifts to the Cook Islands, was designed and built by Cook Islanders for Cook Islanders. The Project Management Unit comprises of Project Managers, Architects, Designers and Engineers from CIIC’s Special Projects Unit and Calibre Consulting (NZ). The redevelopment plan was approved by Cabinet in February 2016 with the support of the staff and students of the College, landowners and the community. The College buildings and facilities are on track to becoming fit-for-purpose and responsive to the demands for innovative learning environments that support the evolving learning and teaching practices.

Meitaki Maata to all those who were involved in making this dream a reality.

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Tereora College Handover Ceremony by the NZ Prime Minister

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NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opens the new Administration and Technical block of Tereora College. Made possible with the support of the New Zealand government.

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A big KIA ORANA from Tereora College and Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern :-)

Setting up for the official opening and handover ceremony.

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PM Ardern visting Cooks next month

Plans for the official handover ceremony of the Tereora College Redevelopment Plan (Stage 1) are underway. Prime Minister of New Zealand, Right Honourable Jacinda Adern, will make her first official visit to the island in March to make the presentation.

http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/67714-pm-ardern-visting-cooks-next-month

cookislandsnews.com New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern will be paying an official visit to the Cook Islands from March 6 to 8, PM Henry Puna confirmed yesterday ...

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Infrastructure that supports the outcomes of the Education Master Plan, the aspirations of Tereora College, the community, and the Cook Islands as a whole.

Stage 1 Blessing Ceremony

Many gathered this morning to witness the blessing of two new buildings that will enable greater learning opportunities for Cook Islanders – a Technology Centre and Student Research Centre/Administration building. The redevelopment came to life following New Zealand’s pledge by former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key of up to $11.7 million. The pledge was made on August 4th 2015 during the Cook Islands celebration of 50 years of independence in free association with New Zealand. It was a beautiful celebration of the special relationship cultivated by the Cook Islands and New Zealand governments, and a testament of the growing capability of Cook Islanders to undertake a project of this scale.

Many gathered this morning to witness the blessing of two new buildings that will enable greater learning opportunities for Cook Islanders – a Technology Centre and Student Research Centre/Administration building. The redevelopment came to life following New Zealand’s pledge by former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key of up to $11.7 million. The pledge was made on August 4th 2015 during the Cook Islands celebration of 50 years of independence in free association with New Zealand. It was a beautiful celebration of the special relationship cultivated by the Cook Islands and New Zealand governments, and a testament of the growing capability of Cook Islanders to undertake a project of this scale.

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Invitations have been distributed! Next Wednesday, the 31st of January 2018, Stage 1 of the Tereora College Redevelopment Plan will be unveiled. Watch this space :-)

Maintenance is key if we want a building to serve its purpose (and end-users) well into the future. It’s for this reason that training was held for those responsible for the upkeep of Tereora College. Subcontractors involved in the construction offered basic tips for the maintenance and repair of electrical and mechanical equipment, windows and doors and so forth. Before the academic year kicks off, another session will be held for all staff so they too are well informed about who to contact if in doubt.

A study space inside the library has open views to the newly formed green space that is perfect for outdoor or recreational activities. The area used to serve as a drive through for vehicles and drop off zone for buses. Vehicular access has been relocated to the western boundary, isolating the green space and improving line of sight between the new and existing buildings. At least we’ll have the Kuru (breadfruit) tree to remind us of what used to be.

Many will remember CISNOC’s hard-court being used by students to play tennis, netball and handball. It was also a popular site for ice baths and food stalls during rugby seasons. Many will have their own stories to tell about their time at Tereora College. Here’s hoping that in 10 years’ time, students and staff will have exciting stories to tell about their experience with these new buildings.

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Tereora College bans soft drink sales

New learning environments, new lifestyle choices :-)

http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/67405-tereora-college-bans-soft-drink-sales

cookislandsnews.com Tereora College, the country’s leading secondary school, has decided to ban the sale of soft drinks at the school tuck shop (canteen), from the start...

Throwback to Saturday 12 November 2016 (Day 2 of construction), when the tennis court was removed and the ground was excavated so that foundation works for the Technology Centre could begin. Local Geotechnical Engineer, Paul Maoate, was onsite to test the durability of the soil. According to his results, conditions were more than favourable! At the time, the contractor needed to work odd hours to prevent any disruptions as NCEA examinations were underway. What a journey!

The new access through Tereora College is complete!

2018 is off to a bright start 😃 Heavy machinery is being laid out in the workshop while minor clean-up finishing touches continue. Sealing of the new access road is near complete, and grass within our green-space is sprouting beautifully thanks to the occasional rain over the festive season.

Supervision of students within the lower quad is expected to improve now that there is clearer line of sight between the new and existing buildings. There’s also sufficient line of sight between the Nikao field and rooms located on the western side of the Admin building (Tutorial rooms, sick bays, counselling and staff room). This week, the contractor is covering all gravelled areas with top soil. This will enable grass to flourish, creating pleasant outdoor spaces for students, staff and visitors to enjoy.

Last week, the administration building which has served many generations of Cook Islanders, was demolished. Not only has the line of sight between buildings improved significantly, but the area can now be developed into an outdoor recreational space for students and staff to enjoy.

View of the College before demolition of the administration building.

In the earlier stages of development, one of the issues that were identified was the lack of green space – an outdoor recreational area for students and staff to enjoy. It was then that the idea to shift the main access through the school, to the western boundary, came to light. Last Friday afternoon, the administration building was demolished, bringing us closer to that vision for more green space. Not only do we now have an opportunity to create something unique, but line of sight between the buildings has improved significantly.

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Snapshots from last Thursday’s walk through the site to view the project in its final phase of construction.

Furniture and joinery combined with bright yet soft colours sure does bring life to the learning spaces :-)

Sponsors and stakeholders were hosted by Tereora College yesterday evening in recognition of their on-going support towards the school. Those who attended were treated to refreshments and a tour through the building site. Tomorrow morning they will attend the College’s prize giving where the hard work of junior and senior students will be celebrated. The event is scheduled to kick off at 9am at the National Auditorium.

" The new buildings incorporate climate adaptation and mitigation measures where feasible. Both natural and mechanical ventilation and lighting are provided to support the schools functional requirements for each space, and which allow these spaces to continue to operate effectively when faced with extreme climatic conditions. Large french windows on the Technology Centre allow maximum natural lighting and ventilation through general learning areas. Circulation of fresh air through the building is supported by ceiling fans, and louvered clerestory windows and wind-driven ventilators to expel hot air. A combination of french, awning and sliding windows are installed on the Student Research Centre and Administration building to suit the functions and performance needs of each space while providing security against wind-driven rain, maximum natural light entry and line-of sight for monitoring student movements.

Air Conditioning units are installed in warranted areas such as the computer labs, the library, the staff/resource room and the lecture theatre. These units are necessary to prolong the life of equipment contained in these areas and in the case of the lecture theatre, to provide the acoustic and comfort levels needed for students to engage in the learning process. The AC units supplied were selected based on their low lifecycle cost including capital, operational efficiencies and serviceability. As locally supplied units, servicing agents and replacement parts are easily accessible. In a recent letter to the editor in the CI News the writer raised a valid point about the use of HFC refrigerants. The new Air Conditioning units at the College while fitted with a common HFC refrigerant can be retrofitted when proven alternatives with similar efficiency ratings are available and supported in the Australasian and local markets. These better alternatives may reach our markets within the next two years.

LED lighting is used throughout to increase energy efficiencies. Stage 2 of the College redevelopment will introduce solar PV arrays to reduce the operating costs associated with the improved learning facilities."

Photos: Drone shots taken Saturday 18th November 2017.

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[11/16/17]   VISION FOR INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS GETTING CLEARER

Buildings that will enable greater learning opportunities for Cook Islanders are well on schedule for commissioning before the 2018 academic year. Concrete curbs and pathways along the building’s perimeters are taking shape. Levelling of the new access road along the western boundary including other associated civil works is set to keep the contractor busy until the end of December.

Today marks the official start of the NCEA exam period for students from levels one to three across the country. From Monday, exams will be held inside the Bluesky Sports Arena. In the meantime, exams will be held inside the Princess Anne Hall. Landholdings Ltd and their subcontractors have shown their support for this very important time of the year by setting up signs throughout the construction site, reminding all labourers to continue their work as quietly as possible.

Official handover of Tereora College’s newest buildings will be made before Christmas. Principal Tania Morgan and her staff walked through the site on Friday afternoon to view the buildings in its finishing phase. Much has changed since they visited the site in August; all internal walls have been lined and painted; all glass doors and windows have been installed; electrical fittings have been installed and tiling of floors has commenced.

The civil component which includes construction of concrete pathways and earthworks for a new access road along the western boundary will continue after handover. Other works will include levelling of grounds surrounding the two buildings, improvements to the creek and demolition of the existing administration building.

Public holiday or not, the construction site is still buzzing. #norestforthewicked

Current state of Tereora College’s newest buildings :-)

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