Mini-putt and park opened

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

A new play­ground and park as well as a mini-putt course were for­mally opened in Whang­amomona on Tues­day.

Strat­ford Mayor Neil Volzke and Repub­lic Pres­i­dent John Her­lihy shared the rib­bon cutting du­ties, and both were full of praise for the vol­un­teers who worked hard to get the projects com­pleted.

Amanda Har­ris, secretary of the Whang­amomona Do­main board says the newly opened Pres­i­den­tial Park was one of sev­eral projects as part of a Whang­amomona en­hance­ment plan which in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of new pub­lic toi­lets.

Amanda says the com­mu­nity is grate­ful to the Taranaki Elec­tric­ity Trust and the TSB Com­mu­nity Trust for fund­ing sup­port.

“With­out that, we couldn’t have got it all done and it is im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity, not just for our own chil­dren to en­joy, but also for visi­tors. If peo­ple don’t have things to do in an area they don’t stay as long.”

Lili Her­bert and Isla Mutch both think the new play­ground is awe­some, and the two nine year olds were among the first to en­joy a slide once the play­ground was of­fi­cially opened.

Isla, from Marco School, says hav­ing a play­ground in the town is great.

“I like play­ing here with my friends.” Lili, also at Marco School, says she is look­ing for­ward to play­ing mini-putt with her friends.

The mini-putt course was funded from the sup­port of a range of busi­nesses who spon­sored in­di­vid­ual holes, as well as funds from pass­port sales and other com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives. Built and main­tained by Whang­amomona lo­cals, the course is owned and run by the Whanga Repub­lic Inc So­ci­ety, with all pro­ceeds go­ing back to the com­mu­nity for schools, clubs and dis­trict fa­cil­i­ties.

■ Whang­amomona Repub­lic Day is on Satur­day, Jan­uary 19 from 10am.

Chil­dren from around the Whang­amomona dis­trict were ea­ger to en­joy the play­ground.

Just like John Key and Barack Obama en­joyed a game of golf to­gether, mayor Neil Volzke and pres­i­dent John Her­lihy en­joy a game of miniputt when dis­cussing mat­ters of in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy.

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