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Cooper opens new $2.2m design building

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 05:00 14/03/2014
Trelise Cooper
Jess Etheridge
SELFIE SNAP: Fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper poses for a photo with Pinehurst School students at the opening of the new design building.

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One of New Zealand's leading fashion designers has cut open the ribbon on a $2.2 million art and design building at Pinehurst School.

Dame Trelise Cooper, whose niece Isabella is in year 13 at the school, took photos and talked to students at the unveiling on March 6.

Executive principal Sherida Penman Walters says the school's 700 students and expanding role meant it needed the additional building. It took six months to build, under Astley Construction, and did not go over budget.

Pinehurst's students take the Cambridge exam course so the new technology in the building will allow them to achieve higher results, Mrs Penman Walters says.

The room caters for arts, graphic design, photography and math classes.

Isabella says seeing the building finished, in the spot where a grassy hill used to sit, is great.

The opening coincided with Pinehurst's Founder's Day and senior college creative display show.

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