There are 26 schools and kindies located along our tunnel route, all close to our 16 Central Interceptor sites. Educational places are an important part of our community and nearby schools may be impacted by our construction activities. We get in touch with schools and tell them all about the project and our contractor can offer them a range of educational opportunities.
First, we like to start with a presentation about the project, the sites nearest to them, and our tunnel boring machines. Time lapse footage of our shafts is very popular and many aaahhs later everyone knows a little bit more about the Central Interceptor project.
Photo: Our contractor introducing CI to pupils at Wesley Primary School
Our contractor also has a truck safety programme for schools where they share safety tips, explain road signs, and show how difficult it can be for truckdrivers to see children.
Photo: May Road School pupils learning how to be safe around trucks
The Central Interceptor will make Auckland waterways cleaner. So it makes perfect sense that one of our neighbouring schools has produced artwork about family activities near streams, lakes and the ocean. These beautiful portraits will be used on the hoardings around our sites.
Photo: Artwork done by local school children makes our site hoardings more colourful
Focusing on safety is important for all ages. Our contractor has developed a fun session that they run with kindergartens and day care centres, explaining what PPE is and why our teams wear it. One of our neighbouring kindies now has PPE in their dress-up box.
Photo: Kindy kids all kitted out in PPE