Taurima leaves role as head of arena
The Rec Centre days were a simpler time for Willie Taurima.
The recreation manager at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua quit last month, after being with the centre since it was erected in 2008.
He did not want to discuss the reasons for his departure, but said he had likely been in the job ‘‘a couple of years too long’’.
‘‘The parting with council was not ideal, but I had 11 years there, which was long enough,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ll miss the fantastic people I worked with and I love the place, but it was time to go. The way I look at it is if you stand still long enough, people will bump into you.’’
Taurima said being involved with the design and erection of Te Rauparaha Arena was something he would always be proud of
In saying that, the old Recreation Centre had its appeal as well.
‘‘It was an old building, but it was intimate and familiar. My role way back was to set up some of the programmes there, like unihoc [indoor hockey] and it was great fun.
‘‘We had kids sneaking in and parents would be lined up along the walls during the sport we played there. It was old school and while the arena is brilliant, there is a certain formality now.’’
The $17.5 million arena had its knockers during the design and public consultation process, but the city had a facility that was a drawcard and was now a boon for sport in Porirua.
A recent survey put user satisfaction at more than 90 per cent, Taurima said.
He would not miss working under the pressure of council budgets.
‘‘You have commercial drivers here [at the arena], but in a council environment, using ratepayers’ money. doesn’t fit.’’
Taurima, who was awarded a Porirua 50th medal last year as part of the city’s birthday celebrations, will not be idle.
He is going into a family business, which launches in September, has a contract to deliver sport through Whanau Ora in the region, and will continue his role as Mana College Board of Trustees chairman.
Taurima worked for the council from 1994 to 2001 - he was appointed head of recreation in 1996 - and then returned in 2004. It often
Willie Taurima resigned last month after his second stint with Porirua City Council.