Naming of the New LIFE Spaces


The Reasons Why

After much research and consideration of our local area, roots and of course faith, we have named the current blocks being built as well as the future blocks for the new school site....introducing:

  • Kohekohe Block - future admin/hall/library (stage 2 of the build)
  • Kahikatea Block - currently the most progressed build and initially the senior block and administration (future senior block )
  • Totara Block - future middle school block (stage 2 of the build)
  • Puriri Block - junior block (new concrete poured today).

The names are taken from native trees which have not been chosen at random but rather from historic forests or stands of trees located around Pukekohe.

  • The kohekohe tree is where Pukekohe gets its name, there was kohekohe growing on Pukekohe hill. We considered that with the school being built on Pukekohe hill and the roots of the town flowing from that, that this was a fitting name for the administration block.
  • There was a kahikatea forest where Pukekohe township now stands, as this is the tallest tree we felt it was appropriate that the future senior block was named after this.
  • Rooseville park has a stand of Totara trees and as this is the second tallest of the trees we have named the future middle school block after the Totara tree.
  • In Pukekohe East there was a Puriri forest and as the smallest of the trees we have named our junior block after the Puriri tree.

It was important to the leadership team that we were tied and connected to our local community and area as well as our existing roots of faith which are incorporated throughout many other if not all areas of our school life. Trees bring life and breath and are God's amazing creation for us to enjoy, we hope to plant many native trees on the site over the coming years, including specimens that match these blocks. We hope you understand the relevance of these names and can appreciate the significance that they hold.

  • Colossians 2:7 Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done.
  • Jeremiah 17:8 But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers — Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf. Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.
  • Isaiah 55:12-13 When you are set free, you will celebrate and travel home in peace. Mountains and hills will sing as you pass by, and trees will clap. Cypress and myrtle trees will grow in fields once covered by thorns. And then those trees will stand as a lasting witness to the glory of the Lord.