Mini-putt and park opened
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.