Club­house build­ing on tar­get

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place should it not be ready that week­end, how­ever, so ei­ther way, it won’t im­pact on the ser­vice we’ll de­liver to the pub­lic over Labour Week­end.”

Man­ning said it would mean pa­trol mem­bers would need to for­ward plan be­cause of lack of avail­able park­ing and lim­ited club fa­cil­i­ties for the early pa­trols.

“But they’re all in­cred­i­bly ex­cited by the progress in the new build, and they’re to­tally happy to make al­lowances at the start of the sea­son,” he said.

“As far as the pub­lic are con­cerned, it will be busi­ness as usual, and we’d like to re­in­force the usual mes­sages to our beach­go­ers: swim be­tween the flags, know your lim­its and lis­ten to our trained life­guards.”

The roof was com­pleted this week, and 80 per cent of the win­dow and door join­ery was now in.

The ex­te­rior cladding goes up in the next few weeks, and in­ter­nal walls and ceil­ings next week.

Brunel Con­struc­tion has had up to 25 em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors on site. ,

Man­ning said the club needed just $500,000 more to en­sure the “world-class fa­cil­ity” was ready for use.

“We’ve had some in­cred­i­ble re­sponses to our pub­lic ap­peal, and we’re half­way there,” he said.

“With the days get­ting longer and the wa­ter warm­ing up, peo­ple are def­i­nitely get­ting back into beach mode, and we’d love them to make a con­tri­bu­tion, to get us over the line be­fore sum­mer ar­rives and the crowds de­scend,” he said.

What: Whose wine is it any­way?

Get your friends, fam­ily or team to­gether for an af­ter­noon of fun, wine tast­ing and com­pe­ti­tion. Num­bers strictly lim­ited. R18.

When: Novem­ber 18, 4pm8pm. Where: Mills Reef Win­ery. Price: Ta­ble price: $350 (2x teams of four).

Team price: $200 (1x team of four).

Wine tast­ing and share plat­ters in­cluded.

All pro­ceeds will go to­wards the Mount Maun­ganui Life­guard Ser­vice re­build project. What: Nip­pers turns 50! Mount Maun­ganui Life­guard Ser­vice was the first club in New Zealand to in­tro­duce a Nip­pers pro­gramme, with com­mit­tee formed in Septem­ber 1968 and the first Nip­pers day held in early Novem­ber 1968. To com­mem­o­rate this, They are hav­ing a 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for Nip­pers.

When: Novem­ber 4, 3-5pm. Tau­ranga City Coun­cil is im­pos­ing a 30km/h speed limit on the CBD be­cause of all the con­struc­tion projects un­der way.

The new speed limit will take ef­fect from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29. It will ap­ply be­tween First Ave and McLean St, and be­tween Cameron Rd and the wa­ter­front. Cameron Rd will re­main at 50km/h.

The coun­cil said in a state­ment it wanted to make one con­sis­tent speed limit “to help sim­plify con­struc­tion sign re­quire­ments and to keep things sim­ple for peo­ple who are driv­ing and safer for peo­ple who are walk­ing and bik­ing”.

City trans­for­ma­tion chair­man coun­cil­lor Larry Bal­dock said this made sense for a grow­ing city.

“This is a sen­si­ble move for our city cen­tre, and aligns to what is hap­pen­ing in other cen­tres across New Zealand.

“A per­ma­nent 30km/h speed limit has been suc­cess­ful in Mount Maun­ganui, and we ex­pect that there will be more con­ver­sa­tions about es­tab­lish­ing lower speeds for town cen­tres in the fu­ture,” he said.

The new speed limit will start as a trial, and be re­viewed af­ter a year.

The coun­cil said if the speed limit were to be per­ma­nently im­ple­mented af­ter this time, it would need to go through a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process.

The trial had been ap­proved un­der the code of prac­tice for tem­po­rary traf­fic man­age­ment.

The coun­cil was work­ing on an “ac­tion plan” to min­imise dis­rup­tion to peo­ple us­ing the CBD dur­ing the next few years.

“Our city cen­tre is a hive of de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­ity. We ac­knowl­edge it’s a dis­rup­tive time. All this work is re­ally go­ing to pay off for Tau­ranga in the long run,” Bal­dock said.

“It’s a tough time right now for some of our small busi­nesses. As these projects take shape, I’m con­fi­dent we will soon see more busi­ness, more ac­tiv­ity and more peo­ple com­ing to work, live and play in the heart of the city.”

PHO­TOS/JAMIE TROUGHTON/ DSCRIBE ME­DIA

The club’s roof was fin­ished this week.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED

An aerial view of where a new $150m retirement vil­lage will be built at Pa¯pa¯moa.

PHOTO / FILE

Tau­ranga’s CBD speed limit is to be re­duced this month.

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