'We didn't know what we were doing!' - School mums on track to raise $250k with impressive cookbook

A group of mums just "doing their bit" are on track to raise $250,000 for a new school pool after encouraging every family at Tamahere School to provide a recipe for a stunning cook book.

Divine Eats has been so successful, its first run of 4000 copies flew out the door, and a new batch are on order.

Once they are gone, half the $500,000 needed for the Waikato school's new pool will have been raised. 

"We're a group of mums, there were 13 of us, we didn't know what we were doing and yeah, this is where we got to," said Angie Millar. 

They were inspired by the school's 1992 cookbook, and managed to get the whole school community involved in the project.

Even the caretaker Mr Wickens and his delicious custard square recipe features. 

The old pool is around 80 years old, and is too small, too shallow, and needs too much maintenance.

Replacing it is a huge job, and the mums have been taken aback by how well their idea has gone.

"Everyone was really amazing and really poured their hearts into it," Millar told Seven Sharp. 

Visit the Divine Eats website to order a copy.

Tamahere's cookbook features a recipe from every family at the school, that's right, every family. Source: Seven Sharp

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What should John Key do with New Zealand's $1.8 billion surplus?

Nearly half of all New Zealanders say the government should spend its surplus on public services, with less than a fifth saying it should be used to fund tax cuts.

The government has racked up a $1.8 billion surplus, giving it plenty of choices with what to do with the cash.

Forty-eight per cent of New Zealanders asked in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll say the money should go on public services, 17 per cent want tax cuts, and 31 per cent say it should be used to pay down the national debt.

Prime Minster John Key says it's not a case of either tax cuts or social spending, and next week's new Treasury forecasts for future surpluses will show it's possible to do both and pay down debt.

"When you see the budget surpluses they start hockey sticking up and they get quite big," Mr Key said.

Labour says something should be done about debt and frozen funding for schools and law and order. 

The PM says the government's finances give it choices, having racked up a $1.8 billion surplus. Source: 1 NEWS