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Onehunga High School

HH serves the community at Onehunga High School

NEW ZEALAND: Onehunga High School, a state co-educational secondary school serving as one of the oldest suburbs in Auckland, New Zealand, has undergone a significant redevelopment at a cost of $30 million, which saw the creation of several technologically advanced facilities. Overlooking the Manukau Harbour, it was established in 1959, and provides a wide-ranging curriculum that is extended to the wider community with its Adult Learning Centre and English Language School.

Two teaching facilities were constructed, one of which houses a two-basketball-court gymnasium with exercise room, locker rooms and teaching spaces, the other, a technical block catering to the sciences, woodwork, metalwork, art, food technology and nutrition. Two commercial-grade kitchens and an atrium space completed this building. An essential element of the new facilities was provision for a flexible, high-quality audio system which could deliver clear powerful sound and excellent coverage.

Local provider ITL Technologies of Auckland was awarded the AV contract and chose loudspeakers from UK-based HH Electronics. A combination of ceiling and wall-mounted speakers were installed to provide a competitively priced solution. For teaching areas with suspended ceilings ITL installed HH TNi-C4 ceiling speakers. In areas where suspended ceilings were not present, audio continuity was maintained with the HH TNi-W4 passive 4-inch wall-mounted unit.

A total of 97 HH loudspeakers were installed at the school. The gym block saw 19 units installed across 10 spaces, whilst in the technical block, 63 units were deployed across 20 teaching spaces. A further 15 units covered six spaces in ancillary areas.

Ian Wright, global sales director at HH Electronics, commented: “The provision of excellent audio in education settings is an absolute essential for the successful delivery of a modern teaching and learning environment. We’re very proud that a significant number of HH speakers were installed at Onehunga High School for a solution that met the qualitative and budgetary requirements of its brand new, cutting-edge facilities. Thank you to our NZ distribution partner NSL and ITL technologies for choosing HH to be a part of this impressive project.”