Project Taiao

At the end of 2017 we became the first school to embrace the Te Puna Taiao kaupapa, with our “Project Taiao”.

Taiao, which translates to ‘the natural world’ or ‘environment’ in te Reo Māori, is a project that aims to transform our school’s outdoor areas to make a place that is both a fantastic outdoor learning environment for our tamariki during school-time, as well as a beautiful enriched playground and gardens for the Kopeopeo community outside of school hours.  

Our aim is that our school’s grounds become a true community taonga that is used extensively by our kura during the school day and by the Kopeopeo and wider-Whakatāne communities after school hours.

What is the Te Puna Taiao kaupapa?

Te Puna Taiao is an initiative, informed by both science and mātauranga Māori, on a mission to reimagine, transform and better use our school outdoor spaces. To find out more about this exciting kaupapa and why we’re making the changes we are please visit:

How is Project Taiao being funded?

We are extremely grateful for the enormous support we received from our community for Project Taiao. It is this support that has meant we have been able to secure the funds to make this flax-roots project a reality for our kura and community.

With the support of the Te Puna Taiao Charitable Trust, we are proud to have secured Lotteries Community Facilities funding of $560,000 for the project, $117,000 of the school’s Ministry of Education funding, $30,000 of private donations, and $5,000 from the Disability Resource Centre. We also received $42,246 from the Eastern Bay Energy Trust for lighting the spaces and providing an accessible electric barbecue.

Together these funds are being used to transform our grounds, with transformation due to be completed by the end of July 2019.

What benefits will improving the outdoor environment at Allandale have for our tamariki?

There is loads of research to show that one of the best ways children learn is through play. Play is essential to developing a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. The skills our kids will need most in a changing world where technology is taking over many of the  jobs that are around today, are creativity, teamwork and problem-solving.

Our transformed grounds will stimulate growth in these essential skills, provide enriched play and learning opportunities for our tamariki, connect our kids to Te Ao Tūroa, and give our teachers an amazing physical environment in which to teach.

What benefits will improving the outdoor environment at Allandale School have for the Kopeopeo community?

The Council’s project ‘Ki Mua’ sought feedback last year about what our communities want for the future of our town. One key message to come out of that consultation was that people want facilities in Kopeopeo to help bring back the strong sense of community the area used to be known for. This project helps meet these needs and provides our community with all the health-related benefits of near-by greenspace.

Watch the video below that we put together for help support our funding applications to learn more about the community-related benefits of the Allandale case-study.

What is Project Taiao going to create?

Our final designs were put together by local business EarthArt Designs. They reflect our beautiful rohe and embed concepts from Te Ao Māori into all aspects of design.

The overall time frame for full implementation of the project is to complete by 31 July 2019. However, the project will be implemented in stages, starting with construction of the areas that are most accessible by the community as detailed below.

Health and safety during construction

During construction, each area will be fully fenced to ensure safety of our kids. Please respect the contractors and their property and encourage our tamariki to do the same.

If you have any questions or comments, please call in to the office and speak with our friendly office team.


Overall Design

Hangi, Garden and Flying Fox

Skate, Netball and Cycle Track

Treehouse and Performance Space


Junior Block

3D Renderings:

Community Garden 1

Community Garden 2

Flying Fox 1

Flying Fox 2

Treehouse Area 1

Treehouse Area 2

 Performance Area 1

Performance Area 2

Papakāinga 1

Papakāinga 2

Papakāinga 3

Junior Block 1

Junior Block 2

Junior Block 3

Junior Block 4

Junior Block 5

Junior Block 6

Junior Block 7


Allandale Primary School

Allandale Primary School

167 King Street,Whakatane, 3120

Ph: (07) 308 7645

Cell: 021 025 01768

Fax: (07) 307 0868


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