‘Truly world class’
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’’.
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