Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Helping Schools One Floor At A Time

Applications for the RhinoKids 2022 Flooring Fund are now Open!

After a successful launch last year, more than 30 schools across New Zealand have or will receive an upgrade to their flooring requirements by the end of 2021, making the learning environment a better place for kids and teachers.

Is the flooring at your school old and threadbare? Or perhaps you have a new space where there’s no flooring at all. Your Early Childhood Centre or school could be eligible to receive $2,000 + GST from the RhinoKids Flooring Fund to go towards new flooring!

Carpet Court is on a mission to help improve learning environments across the country by committing over $120,000 per year to the RhinoKids Flooring Fund. This fund is built from purchases of Rhino flooring products from Carpet Court’s 59 stores across the country.

Quality flooring in schools improves the health and wellbeing of kids and can deliver a positive result in an educational setting and benefits learning environments.

“We’re on a mission to help improve Kiwi kids’ learning environment,” says Carpet Court CEO Bryn Harrison. “Flooring refurbs are often pushed to the bottom of the to-do list for the education sector. When we launched the fund last year we knew there was an unmet need -however we were truly surprised to see just how big this was. We are also aware that providing this opportunity to schools, we will free up funding that can be spent in other areas of improvement or resources – making room for more in local schools! We are proud of the difference our teams have already made to local schools by helping to fix their floors.”

Numerous schools and centres across the country have already benefited from the fund - with overwhelmingly positive feedback. St Peter Chanel Catholic School was one of these schools. They had three classrooms and a hall with carpet that was 30+ years old and in desperate need of a refresh.

Moarikura (Sandy) Johnson, School Principal said, “The new hallway carpet that was installed has contributed tremendously to the health and well-being of our students and staff. We have waited for a very long time to have new carpet. Our hallway feels a lot warmer, the noise level of foot-traffic has been reduced and the welcoming colour scheme is appealing.”

Applications are open until 31st December 2021 for our 2022 projects for all public Early Childhood Centres, Te Kōhanga Reo, Primary, Intermediate and High Schools nationwide. Anyone with a connection to the school can apply to the Fund on behalf of the school – staff, fundraising groups, parents, students etc.

All you have to do is take a few photos and complete the easy online form explaining how your educational space would be improved with new flooring. Visit to find out more.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland