Bathroom necessities arrive at Project House 

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Carpentry students Kaleb McStay, Zane Wright and Mico Greymouth manager Nathan Kaanga check out the shower fittings for the two bathrooms. 


A truckload of large cartons was unloaded at the Lombard St construction site where Tai Poutini Polytechnic construction students are well advanced in the building of this year’s project house.

All the bathroom and laundry fixtures have been donated by Mico Plumbing and Bathrooms. They include two shower units, two vanities, two toilets, a laundry tub and tapware. The house is to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the Save-a-Life project, which aims to make Greymouth ‘the safest place in New Zealand to have a heart attack’.

Mico is a platinum sponsor of the Save-a-Life project. Branch manager Nathan Kaanga says the project really strikes a chord with him. “My dad died of a heart attack while he was playing tennis. When I heard that the project is going to get more 24/7 defibrillators around the district and give free CPR and AED training sessions to community groups, I was keen to help. It is so good that many more people will know what to do. It has to improve the survival rate”.

The project is a collaboration between Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Greymouth Rotary and St John Greymouth. Tai Poutini Polytechnic construction students under the watchful eye of experienced tutors construct the house while Rotary is managing the auction and has gained sponsorship and support from local suppliers. St John is providing the 90-minute hands-on training sessions. Mico is one of several companies that are providing sponsorship in donated or reduced materials and expertise. Other sponsors include Design Windows, Mitre 10, Ellerys Roofing, Tony Stanton Electrical, Greg Daly Real Estate, Tui-Lu’s, Greymouth Star and Signlink.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says the collaboration with Rotary and St John is an example of TPP’s new approach to social responsibility; it is now part of everyday business at TPP to ensure decisions and choices are made with the benefit of the entire West Coast in mind.

The 120sqm three-bedroom relocatable, house can be viewed at an open day at 2 Lombard St. on Saturday 9th November, prior to the 19th November auction at 6pm at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

More information, plans and specifications at


For more information contact:

Mequa Hourston, Leader – Engagement
DDI: 03 7699 405 | Mobile: 027 237 5844 | email: