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The 'Leader' of July 29, 1980 printed a 'Mammoth task ahead' article and architect's drawing about a new gymnasium. The existing gym was about a third of the recommended size; the new one would also be available to the community. $240 000 would be needed; so far the Home and School Association had raised $25 000. In 1979 college students had run a sponsored relay from Napier to Upper Hutt, raising $4000, and another relay was imminent.
The November 24, 1981 'Leader' reported that the college had bought a Steinway grand piano from the Upper Hutt Music Society, which had bought it from the Broadcasting Corporation eleven years earlier for $2000. The Society was given free use of the assembly hall while the college followed a $500 deposit with 10 annual payments of $150; a new Steinway would have cost $50 000.
A picture printed on October 4, 1983 said a proposed gymnasium would be built between existing changing rooms and the blockhouse; later, the plans changed, and new changing rooms were incorporated into the gymnasium.
The December 20, 1983 'Leader' printed a drawing of the proposed community sports centre. Over the previous two months, the school had raised over $12 000, including $4200 form a December 5 third-and fourth-form work day, and would need to raise another $90 000 towards the $600 000 cost.
Architects Wm Pearson and Associates had drawn up the plans and specifications.
The Education Department would provide funds for a standard-sized gymnasium; the college could provide $30 000 towards a facility enlarged for community use, and funds for the remaining $109 000 were raised. The gym was placed to give car access from McHardie Street, and would have space for one basketball court, three volleyball courts, and four badminton courts.
There had been no need a local-authority building permit, and outline plans had not yet been delivered to the City Council.
The original plan was to build in two stages, but by June 12 it had been decided that the second-stage floor, roofs and walls would proceed immediately.
A greyscale image of the erected steelwork was printed in the 'Leader' on May 22, 1984. The August 14 picture showed the north wall and roof covered. Heating methods had not been decided; the college would pay for them. By the October 30 issue, college and contractors were celebrating completion of the roof, in spite of vandalism.
The centre was opened by the Minister of Education, Mr Marshall, on August 17, 1985 (the target had been May).
The May 17, 1988 'Leader' reported that an oily film was forming on the rubberized vinyl flooring, and no cure had been found; the floor would be replaced over Christmas, at a cost of around $30 000.
The December 2, 1986 'Leader' printed nine pictures of fifth- and sixth-form prizewinners, and these are in 'Recollect'; the picture of dux (seventh-former Tasha Black) with her parents is not in the collection.
G block had burned down in a Guy Fawkes Night in 1994; its replacement opened in 1996. The June 19 'Leader' said it include two science laboratories, a 'pod' of computers for teaching English and other subjects and provide Internet access, a room for staff training, seminars and board-of-trustees meetings, an art suite, an archives room, and a student cafeteria with study space.
The gymnasium was burnt down on November 7, 1997; its replacement opened on October 12, 1998.
The October 27, 2004 'Leader' printed a photo of early teacher Lynne Milne, nee Griffiths, third-former Lana Zee, principal Bruce Hart and foundation pupil and first dux Michael Rickard cutting the golden-jubilee cake the preceding Saturday; there had been 1100 registrations for the event.
Basketball; Heretaunga College's Denis Paki and Simon Griffith; top fund-raisers in a basketball marathon.
City status celebrations; Old Identities' Afternoon Tea, Heretaunga College. Stan Howan at left [P3-142-759]