Board Chairperson, Rory O'Connor, introduced the ceremony as drawing on Maori and Celtic heritages and appropriate for the commencement of the new construction phase of the venture.
Rev Wayne Austin, Acting Minister at Churton Park Anglican Church and representative of other local churches led a brief prayer for the children who would attend the school and for the wider school community.
Board members Roger Ellis, Alison Pask, David Waters and Wendy Welsh marked the new development phase by turning the first sods of soil at the site.
The Churton Park School Principal and Board representatives attended along with approximately 40 local residents and interested people.
Ohariu MP, Hon Peter Dunne, attended the ceremony - as did National List MP, Katrina Shanks. City Councillors Helen Ritchie and Justin Lester also attended as did Ministry of Education officials who have been working with the Board and Design & Build team to bring the project to fruition.