December 2017
Matamata Area
Fabric Area
Fabric Type
Mehler FR900 Nano White
HD galv with enamel finish

Te Wharekura O Te Rau Aroha

Te Wharekura O Te Rau Arhoa is a composite school (years 1-15) situated in Matamata, Waikato. This school is the heart of the Maori community in the area and a place where Christian and Maori values and beliefs are nurtured. When the School found out about COLA’s (Covered Outdoor Learning Areas) they knew this was exactly what they needed in the heart of their School.

Wanting to protect their tamariki (children) from all weather, especially the harsh New Zealand UV, Hinematua Gillet first enquired about a COLA in August 2016. Shade Systems worked with her over the next 6 months to come up with the perfect concept and solution to cover the central courtyard area. The contract was signed in June 2017.

The premium option COLA canopy was chosen due to the 25 year warranty in the PVC fabric and the 2-coat polysiloxane paint system over the framework. Selecting this option means there will be little maintenance time and money spent in the future due to weather resistant materials used.

Unfortunately due to a very wet winter, the installation of the canopy started in August and had to be stalled until the beginning of December because the water table was very high. Once the project was up and running again the COLA shade canopy was completed in 3 weeks. This project was our last for 2017 and looking at this stunning structure, it was a perfect way to end the year!

Shade Systems would be happy to work with you on your shade canopy project – contact us today.