Transmission Gully touches many communities along its route and we try to get involved where we can, particularly with schools.
Pāuatahanui School is right at the heart of our project and over the last few years we have been able to support the school in a number of ways. Every year we have a stand at their annual fundraiser, Lamb and Calf Day, and this year we helped with the traffic management for the event, which affects a state highway and is a big task for the parent volunteers. We also donated over 500 plants to the "Potty Planters" plant sale, another of the school's key fundraising initiatives. In previous years we have helped out by clearing some old trees and extending their playground area.
Another of our nearby schools is Linden School. Right beside the Collins Ave over bridge, this school is also right in the heart of the action. We have been able to help with some of their fundraising events and assisted with the cost of building a new playground. Our Community Liaison team gives talks and presentations to many other local schools as well. We always enjoy talking to the kids and answering their thought-provoking questions, such as whether we found any unicorns in Battle Hill!
Local events such as Spring Into Tawa, Creekfest, Eat Drink and Be Crafty, and Battle Hill Farm Park Day as well as school galas provide a great opportunity for the TG team to meet with the community and answer queries about the project. We try to get the mobile information centre along to these events where practical as it’s always a popular source of project information.
In October 2019, we headed along to ‘Spring into Tawa’, a fantastic event organised by the local community and where our mobile visitor centre is located until December. We had a great turnout, and some interesting visitors on the day.
We asked some of the community about the new motorway and here’s what they had to say.
At the start of November 2019, the community team and senior members of the wider Transmission Gully project team attended the Pautahanui Lamb and Calf Day and spent time talking to neighbours about the work we’re doing. We had some great feedback, and of course loads of interesting questions about our works, and some great answers to what they’re looking forward to most when the new motorway opens.