It’s been said that colour is the bright side of childhood. So when South Taranaki District Council, in News Zealand, and its Hawera Community Board set out to install a new playground for the under 10’s at King Edward Park, they wanted a full palette – right down to the park seating. Our Wakefield benches turned a bright idea into reality. For their Wakefield seats, STDC chose blue slats on powder coated lemon yellow frames. ‘The seating is a great hit with the children’, says STDC Contracts Supervisor Nicola Bourke. ‘They are attracted to it as if it were an integral part of their play.’ The slats are made from recycled plastic – milk bottles turned into something the kids, and their caregivers, can use and enjoy. So there’s a sustainability lesson in there too. ‘We are very interested to see how the seats weather and stand up to treatment over time,’ says Nicola. With seating made from a combination of galvanized mild steel powder coated using the latest techniques, and colour-fast recycled-plastic slats that never need painting, the Hawera community can look forward to getting years of use out of their Wakefields, and lots of fun too.