When Bike NZ approached Tamaki Primary with its “bikes in schools” programme it was a serendipitous moment with only upside.
The school had a problem with a number of their students getting into trouble after school. With the help of the Mount Wellington Charitable Trust a flat bike track and a pump track with hills have been built and 61 bikes purchased.
Not many children at the school have bikes. On the first day the track was opened two kids turned up with bikes. The next day 20 turned up but thanks to the donation from the Mount Wellington Charitable Trust all the children now have the opportunity to ride a bike. The school says the kids are being taught road safety, bike skills and they’re learning about healthy lifestyles. They’re also helping out neighbouring Somerville School with bike riding for special needs children. Giving is good.