Owairoa Primary School’s new 18-classroom block building was officially opened on Thursday to a crowd of 1000. Times photo Wayne Martin

After beginning the project more than three years ago, Owairoa Primary School has officially opened its new 18-classroom block.

The celebration of the new development was marked by the cutting of the ribbon by Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown and newest student Frankie Collings on Thursday afternoon.

Guest speakers for the event included regional asset manager for the Ministry of Education David Bos, past member of the Owairoa Primary School Board Bruce Howard and Brown, who also unveiled a special plaque celebrating the event.

The $13 million building, funded by the Government, was named the Alan McIntyre Centre in recognition of the 32-year serving current principal.

Fully landscaped with native plants, the building features solar power generation, rainwater tanks for toilet flushing and water, six fully equipped kitchens and a special slide (the ‘Bruce Howard Slide’) from the top to bottom floor.

More than half the school student population (492 students) and 18 staff will use the new building.

The event programme culminated in two ‘spidermen’ appearing and abseiling from the two-storey roof to give the MP and Frankie the ribbon.

Confetti cannons added a final touch with glitter exploding everywhere, to loud cheers and excitement of the 1000-strong audience.

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