Jerry Collins grand­stand con­firmed

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Porirua Park’s main seated area has been of­fi­cially re­named the Jerry Collins Grand­stand.

Porirua City coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously agreed to the name change last week. A ded­i­ca­tion will take place next year.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said there had been a lot of talk among the pub­lic about a way to ap­pro­pri­ately recog­nise the for­mer All Black and Hur­ri­canes player in the city.

‘‘I’ve spo­ken to his fam­ily and they ac­knowl­edge that there is strong sup­port for this,’’ he said. ‘‘We can plan a com­mu­nity event next year to recog­nise it with the Collins fam­ily, Ngati Toa and North­ern United.’’

Coun­cil­lor Izzy Ford said a prime time for the ded­i­ca­tion would be when Norths have an Old Timers day, prob­a­bly in June, dur­ing the rugby sea­son.

It would be an oc­ca­sion when Porirua Park was busy and would mark one year since Collins’ death, she said.

The coun­cil also agreed to de­velop a pol­icy for the pur­pose of nam­ing fa­cil­i­ties af­ter in­di­vid­u­als.

City coun­cil­lor He­len Smith, rugby league his­to­rian Bernie Wood and youth worker Richard Tau­toro have had fa­cil­i­ties or places in Porirua named af­ter them, a re­port to coun­cil­lors noted. Coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas noted the need to recog­nise golfer Michael Camp­bell.

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