Building community in Waiuku

Community working with community is the idea behind the new delivery truck sandpit at Waiuku Primary School.

Major sponsor, Waiuku ITM came on board after they were contacted by Luana Misa, chair of the Waiuku Primary School board of trustees.  

“I was made aware that the school did not have a sandpit, after the old one was decommissioned,” she said.  

She decided to approach local businesses to ask for their support. It was greeted with enthusiasm from a number of local businesses.

“I wanted to incorporate the community, not just have it as a school project. I contacted ITM and Darren and Sharon Wilson were interested in sponsoring. They provided the materials. Winstone Aggregate provided the sand, and F&M Misa transported the sand for free,” Luana said.
 The new owners of Waiuku ITM said the sponsorship is a way of getting their feet on the ground in Waiuku. They sponsored the materials while staff from the school put it together.
While the Wilsons have been in Waiuku since May, Sharon said it’s a full circle. “I was born in Franklin and went to Pukekohe North School. My roots are here.”

Darren has a sawmill background, and Sharon in early childhood education. “The key thing to operating a business in a town where we reside, is to support the community we live in. That’s paramount,” Darren said.

Waiuku Primary school staff, board of trustees and students thank Waiuku ITM for their generous donation and support. Principal Simon Drewery said the sandpit has been a hit with the students. “The kids love it. We have to remind the seniors that it’s just for the juniors.”

The concept behind the design is the ITM delivery truck. As well as delivering fun for the kids, ITM can deliver products locally too. “We’re putting back into our community. It’s a no-brainer,” Darren said.

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