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Te Puna Kinder­garten is part of In­spired Kinder­gartens. The ru­ral-based kinder­garten orig­i­nated in 1984.

A new fa­cil­ity is be­ing built at the end of Min­den Rd with views out to Matakana and Kaimai ranges.

The new kinder­garten is aim­ing to be com­pleted by mid-2019. “We are ex­tremely ex­cited to have a brand new pur­pose built kinder­garten. This is a large on­go­ing project with a lot of ded­i­cated pas­sion­ate peo­ple be­hind it. The ef­forts and ded­i­ca­tion of our kinder­garten fam­i­lies, fundrais­ing com­mit­tee, the com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses has been ex­traor­di­nary,” says head teacher Paula Os­born. De­signer An­drew Ward of Mod Ar­chi­tec­ture says the main ac­tiv­ity area was de­signed to ref­er­ence a tra­di­tional barn. “The build­ing has been specif­i­cally de­signed to in­cor­po­rate a high level of sus­tain­abil­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency for cost ef­fec­tive­ness,” he says.

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