Building projects

On 23rd January 2019 during one of the schools Teacher Only Days tragedy struck around 2:30pm. The school was in the grips of a large fire that engulfed the historic hall, eight specialist classrooms, a meeting room and resource areas. While accidental (roofing maintenance) it was certainly not the beginning of the year we had wished for. Immediately following the fire, we were advised by our insurers and the Ministry of Education that the buildings were so badly damaged that structural stability was compromised – needless to say, all buildings were demolished. This took place just in time for students to start school.

The purpose of the ‘Building Projects’ section on our website is to keep you up to date on a number of exciting building developments. Following the fire, in 2019 and 2020 we added new asphalt, eight relocatable classrooms and three Makerspaces. Read all about these property additions below. You can also follow what’s happening with the construction of two new buildings that commence mid-year. A Multi-purpose space and a two storied teaching block of ten classrooms.


We value your support as a community and will share updates with you throughout the construction process. There will be fortnightly communications from us posted in the ANI school app. Please follow the link if you need support with downloading and setting this app up on your phone.

Here is a link to the School Apps announcements which are numbered for your convenience (commenced 16 April and issued every fortnight).

New buildings 2021

ANI are well-underway in the next phase of this project which includes the design and construction of a new two storey teaching block as well as a new multi-use space. This is the exciting phase as we dream big to ensure our students receive not only a state of the art facility but also one that meets the needs of a future-focussed learner. We will post more images and designs as we receive them.

Makerspaces 2020

Makerspaces are collaborative workshops where our students will gain practical hands-on experience across our specialist areas.  They also provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A Makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. These flexible environments will give ANI students the opportunity to experience all our specialist areas, individually or collaboratively – and is an ideal platform for projects that work across subject area.

This project is still in the planning stage – with building consent and procurement processes both underway. The current plan has off-site build of these spaces starting in the next few weeks. Installation is planned to run through December and be completed in late January – ready for use at the beginning of the 2020 school year.


The specialist team and the wider ANI teaching staff, are really excited to see what opportunities these spaces will bring in 2020. Whilst Makerspaces are being used in other schools in NZ, ANI will be the first Intermediate school to make this change. If you’re interested to hear more about this initiative – see website Makerspaces / Future-focused learning / Teaching / enabling e-Learning – enabling eLearning

Relocatable classrooms 2019

This is where we’ve seen all the action, a huge milestone for ANI – we’ve waited a long time for this! As a school, we have spent considerable effort over the past years transitioning all our classrooms to Innovative Learning Environments. Following on from January’s fire, we felt it was important that we continued with this and ensure that all teachers were enabled to teach in a similar style, regardless of whether they were housed in a permanent or relocatable classroom, so we’ve taken care in selecting which relocatable classrooms were right for ANI.

From here, the construction team will complete work to make these classrooms ready for use – connecting services and building decking, ramps, walkways etc. This work is currently scheduled to run until early December.

In 2020, our year 7 classes will be housed in these classrooms.


Asphalt 2019

The fenced off construction site has been reduced, providing the school with additional playground area.  This area has been tar-sealed, and courts marked out – with a fabulous new basketball set up being installed currently.

The remaining construction site has more permanent wooden fencing surrounding it – we’re still thinking through options to personalise this for ANI

The university have kindly offered us use of the lower field – this will have soccer field markings and goals added.