Comfy den just the spot for Li­ons fans

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JARED NI­COLL

A con­verted in­dus­trial site in Lower Hutt might be just the ticket for Li­ons fans need­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion around Welling­ton.

The former work site in Wainuiomata, owned by David Wil­liams from Green­stone Con­crete and As­phalt, fea­tures a big metal ware­house and three on­site por­ta­com units com­plete with four toi­lets, three kitchens, two show­ers and enough mat­tresses to sleep a rugby team.

Nes­tled among car re­pair work­shops and a lum­ber yard down Waiu St, the con­verted ware­house has been turned into a big recre­ation room with a band stage with in­stru­ments, Sky TV and a gym, all heated by a fire­place.

Stay­ing in an in­dus­trial part of Wainuiomata might not be ev­ery Li­ons fan’s dream, but the up­side was ‘‘you can party as loud as you want’’, Wil­liams’ grand­son Taa­jhon Wiremu said. ‘‘It’s peace­ful here at night. No noise con­trol down here for a Li­ons cel­e­bra­tion.’’

Ac­com­mo­da­tion is al­ready at a pre­mium in Welling­ton as tens of thou­sands of trav­el­ling Bri­tish and Ir­ish Li­ons fans head for the cap­i­tal for the games against the Hur­ri­canes on June 27 and the All Blacks on July 1.

Ear­lier this month, it was re­ported that eight plane-loads of Li­ons fans look set to fly out of Welling­ton as soon as the test fin­ishes, be­cause the cap­i­tal has run out of ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Wil­liams said the fam­ily busi­ness had plenty of spare space, and they wanted to make a few dol­lars off the back of de­mand. ‘‘And if not, we won’t lose any sleep.’’

Pric­ing was ‘‘flex­i­ble’’ and would de­pend on the size and num­ber of groups, and whether they wanted op­tional ex­tras such as trans­port to the city and meals, he said.

The site spans roughly 900 square me­tres, with space to park mul­ti­ple mo­torhomes, about a 20-minute drive from West­pac Sta­dium. The busi­ness that used to op­er­ate from the site has since shifted to Seav­iew.

JARED NI­COLL/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Crash pad or party cen­tral: there’s plenty of seat­ing, and a wood fire, in the former work site in Waiu St, Wainuiomata. The own­ers reckon it’s just what Bri­tish and Ir­ish Li­ons fans might want.

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