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Kids, choose one!Tamariki mā, kōwhiritia tētahi!

Have you ever noticed a little square, green building in between our playground and skate park? That is one of our pump stations and we think it’s due for a bit of a makeover.

We have called in the help of local artist Kerry Powell who created three beautiful artworks, and we want our tamariki to choose which one is their favourite!

Starting Monday November 29th, we will run a 3-week voting period to find out which of the three artworks should go up on the Alexandra Park pump station.

When you vote, don’t forget to enter the prize draw by providing your full name and phone number. There are three prize packages and a number of spot prizes up for grabs. We don’t want to give too much away, but vouchers are always welcome, just in time for the holiday season too. Mums, dads, uncles, aunties, caregivers, you can help our youngest tamariki filling out their voting form!

When to vote

Voting will start Monday November 29th and will close on Thursday December 16th. The winning artwork and prizewinners will be announced Friday December 17th.

How to vote

Online - The voting form will appear below on Monday November 29th. Select which artwork is your favourite, fill out your contact details if you wish to enter the prize draw and click 'submit'. 

Wairoa Library - Visit the Wairoa Library where we will have images of the artworks on display. There will be physical voting forms available and the library staff are more than happy to assist our youngest tamariki with their voting form.

Facebook - We will also count votes cast on our Facebook page. For more details on how to vote on our Facebook page, please click here

Prize Draw

You will be entered into the prize draw when you:

  1. cast your vote (choose your favourite artwork, you can only choose one)
  2. provide your contact details (full name and phone number)

You may do this through the online voting form, the physical voting form at the library, or by providing the required information in the comment section of one of our Facebook posts. Any other way cannot be accepted.

If any of the above information (favourite artwork, full name, phone number) is missing or incorrect, we cannot enter you into the draw.

The prizes can only be won by people living in the Wairoa district. We will not post the prizes outside of the Wairoa district. 

1 - Sea Spray And Bush

Sea Spray And Bush


2 - Inanga



3 - Beneath The Waves

Beneath The Waves

Follow this link if the form fails to load. online form.

What is a pump station?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the water that goes down the drain when you have a shower? When you pull the plug after doing the dishes? Or flush the toilet? This water is now dirty water and needs to be cleaned before going back into the environment.

Dirty water (or sewage) is all used water from our homes, schools, hospitals, supermarkets and other workplaces.

Each time you flush the toilet, wash your hands, brush your teeth, have a shower, and wash your clothes the dirty water goes into a sewer pipe buried deep beneath your house. When the dirty water leaves your home the pipes take it to a pump station (like the Alexandra Park pump station) to be pushed to the treatment plant for cleaning, before being put back into the environment.

If you live in Frasertown, Nuhaka, Raupunga or on a farm, you probably won’t have pipes that connect to a treatment plant. Your dirty water will be stored in a big tank buried somewhere near your house. Every few years a big truck will come and collect all the dirty water in the tank and take it to the treatment plant for cleaning, before going back into the environment.

Only flush the 3 P's

Our sewer pipes, pump stations, tanks and treatment plant are made to transfer and clean our dirty water. They are not made to get rid of other items that might float in that water. These items get stuck and damage our sewage system. This is why it is very important to only flush the 3 P's: pee, poo and paper. Everything else like rubbish, cloths, old undies, wet wipes (yes, even wet wipes!), should go in the rubbish bin so it can be taken to the dump. This will help keep our sewage system free from blockages and damage.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn a little bit more about pump stations and the sewage system, please get in touch with us:

+64 6 838 7309


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