Manurewa West Primary School
Robert Luijten – Project Manager
Ellis Luijten – Sr. Designer
We have a long-standing relationship with Manurewa West School, which started in 2008. The previous principal, David Wallace, has a passion for the outdoor environment, as it goes hand in hand with the high standards he sets for his pupils and teaching staff. The first area we were briefed on was a sloped grass area which was really hard to maintain. Mr Wallace wanted a discovery garden reflecting the local community. The area was transformed with palms and tropical planting, paths of different materials, a bridge over a dry river bed, seats and balancing beams, rocks, and even a fire pit. The area is mature now and a joy for the children to discover. Many areas followed, including the entrance and office area landscaping with new elements added every year. The last one, completed in 2018, are four outdoor classrooms, a real addition to the school while they are refurbishing some of their indoor classrooms. As it was the principal’s last year at the school where he had served for 19 years, these gardens are now known as ‘The David Wallace Gardens’. We wish you all the best in retirement, David, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the new principal. An extract from the school website reads: “The school has amazing gardens which are a feature of this very proud and beautiful school.” The school has won a number of community environment and ‘Best Garden’ Awards and is widely renowned for its outdoor settings. Murals, well-maintained grounds, and feature landscaping add an important richness to this ‘high standard school’.
Once again we really appreciate the landscaping that Robert & the team undertook for us. They took our vision of a relaxing semi-formal outdoor living room and turned it into so much more. I still get a buzz and much pleasure out of the garden and the changes throughout the changing seasons.
Mr Robert Johnson | Manurewa Primary School