‘Truly world class’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

More than 200 peo­ple braved rain and wind to wit­ness the open­ing of Wai­tan­girua Com­mu­nity Park on Satur­day, with the lo­cal young­sters giv­ing the new play­ground equip­ment the thumbs up af­ter­wards.

Fol­low­ing a bless­ing from Maraeroa Marae kau­matua and en­ter­tain­ment from Na­tone Park School, com­mu­nity de­sign group leader Moana Tuariki told the au­di­ence it was ‘‘ a day of many emo­tions’’.

‘‘Our first meet­ing was in 2007, to­day is a mighty dream that has come true.’’

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Rod­ney Hide heaped praise on the com­mu­nity and Porirua City Coun­cil’s ef­forts, call­ing it ‘‘the peo­ple’s park for gen­er­a­tions to come’’.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett agreed it was a fa­cil­ity the rest of the city could be proud of.

He ac­knowl­edged his pre­de­ces­sor Jenny Brash’s lead­er­ship in the early stages and said it showed the coun­cil’s vil­lage pro­gramme was ‘‘truly world class’’.

Dozens of chil­dren tested out the new equip­ment, with lo­cals Ray­mond Smith and Takiwa Kirk­wood declar­ing the jun­gle gym ‘‘real cool’’.

New play­ground:

Ray­mond Smith, from Wai­tan­girua, is all smiles on

the new play­ground equip­ment at

the park, opened on Satur­day af­ter

more than three years of de­sign work, con­sul­ta­tion

and con­struc­tion.

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