Waiting game . . . Masonic Lodge and Pleasant Point community board members trying out the new bus shelter are (from left) Richard Lyon, Dau Hansen, Eion Miller, David Darling, Raewyn Hessell, John Lynch, Alex Solomon and Neville Gould. PHOTO: HELEN HOLT

by Helen Holt

Pleasant Point pupils will have shelter from the elements when school returns next year.

A new bus shelter was officially opened in Pleasant Point on Tuesday by Pleasant Point community board member Neville Gould.

The money for the shelter came from the now closed Arowhenua Masonic Lodge, but the work was picked up by other lodges in the area.

Karanga lodge member David Darling raised the idea with the Timaru District Council in October 2017, when there was no safe place from where to catch the school bus to Temuka and Timaru high schools.

“There were high school kids waiting for the bus in bad weather, and we thought it was time that changed,” Past Master of Mackenzie Dau Hansen said.

“We thought this area was a good central point, and the best place for it to be built.”

It was built by lodge member Eion Miller, on Mr Darling’s land. Past Master John Lynch praised Mr Miller’s contribution, saying “if it weren’t for Eion, this shelter would never have been built”.Nike SneakersAir Jordan