A great kiwi school tradition

The great kiwi school working bee is responsible for lots of New Zealand's school facilities and infrastructure.

It is about more than saving money (or doing things schools can't afford from their operations grant), it is about building community.

Last weekend it was a real pleasure to join in with the volunteer families for an afternoon moving sand and putting up a shed. It was also a rare chance to take my dog Murphy to school for the day without too much hassle.

Often a mainstay of rural school community life, those of us in the city still have a lot to gain from the school working bee. A big thanks to Sunday's team. You can see some more pictures here.

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