Grass Roots Fund Manager Kane Silcock says the restoration of the buildings is a great example of how the fund can help bring communities together.
Hauraki Plains head boy Luke van Vliet was part of the group who helped restore the post office and says fixing up the damaged buildings was a team effort.
“For me, the best part was that this project really showed that when something needs to be done we can all pull together and get it finished. Before I started I had a vision of the small museum type village at the front of the school and I just thought that would be a really cool thing for students and locals to be able to enjoy.”
The school is now working on a plan to open the buildings up to locals and tourists, although Ngaire says the project isn’t over yet.
“Just a couple of weeks ago I got a call from someone who said we have the old telephone exchange on our farm, do you want it? All I could think was oh no, here we go again.”