Sunday, 20 March 2016

Kawakawa Hunderwasser Toilets and Museum

Hunderwasser Toilets Kawakawa

As part of our trip to the Kawakawa Steam Train we also stopped to view the Hunderwasser Toilets, toilets which have placed Kawakawa on the map due to Friedrich Hunderwasser's time spent living up the Waikare Inlet. These toilets show the type of work Hunderwasser valued in architecture he designed: no straight lines; floors that are uneven; links with nature and the use of 'found' materials - coloured bottles likened to stained glass windows. He believed in using natural roofs and trees as part of his designs. Architecture had a playful element and related to our senses. 

The children enjoyed finding objects and images he playfully placed on the walls, in the gates and around hand basins, too!







2016 EOTC

God is at Work
This term we have been looking at how our current technology rests on the inventiveness of those people who have contributed to New Zealand Society in the past.

We have been learning that tools make work easier and that methods of transport have changed as technological advances have impacted on machinery.

We visited the Kawakawa Steam Train and were guided by the men and women who volunteer to keep this historical asset running.





The railway was established at Kawakawa so that coal could be transported south to Auckland.
The coal was of a very high quality - high heat for steam trains.




We had five stations: at this station we learnt about the history of the Kawakawa station, its architecture and the people who established it.





We were off back to Kawakawa having stopped at the Taumare Bridge which is at present being remade.







 It's great to be able to stand up and take in the pastoral views.






Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Rangihoua Heritage Park School Trip


The first meeting place overlooking Rangihoua Heritage Park .
Below is the rammed earth eagle construction built in 2014 to commemorate the first Christmas day Gospel message preached 200 years ago in 1814 by Rev. Samuel Marsden . This was the first time the Maori people had heard the Gospel message.







These scriptures were a big part of Rev. Samuel Marsden's  sermon on Christmas Day.