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New life: Hataitai Community House co-ordinator Jenny Ellis at the revived bowling
Photo: KATIE McALISTER
By KATIE McALISTER
Hataitai Bowling Club is thriving again after the com-
munity rallied round to ensure its survival.
It is now widely used for parties, barbecues,
petanque, a youth group, community classes, public
meetings -- such as recently when roading changes
were discussed -- political gatherings and community
The place has gone from being used very little to
being quite well booked,'' said Hataitai Community
House co-ordinator Jenny Ellis.
The club has been around since 1910, but by its
centenary last year was dying because of lack of
membership. An appeal to the community for support
led to its turn-around.
Its new management committee includes members
from the Bowling Club, Hataitai Residents' Associ-
ation and the Hataitai Community House.
The committee has helped to raise funds for the club
by renting the main clubhouse rooms as a venue for
Nobody wanted to see the place sold and houses
built on it,'' said Ms Ellis. Now, the whole community
benefits from it.''
It had just been a matter of advertising to make
people aware that the venue was available.
The bowling club members were happy to have the
new committee take over the responsibility of manag-
ing the facilities, she said.
They love seeing it being used and people bowling
on the green. Younger people are joining the club now,
particularly to play petanque.''
The club is now a lively place again, especially on
Tuesdays and Fridays, when the bowlers get together.
The main thing for me is that they still have a place
to come to see their friends, because that's really
important when you're older.''
One long-term plan is to make the green harder-
wearing so it can be used all year round, and to have
an all-weather artificial turf area which children can
The bowling club is never going to die,'' she said.
A charitable trust is being set up to manage the
venue on behalf of the community.
Minnows step up to plate
By EVAN PEGDEN
Andrew Hore is
confident the All
Black front row
will get better as
Hooker Andrew Hore believes the All
Blacks can sort out the scrummaging
flaws exposed by Tonga in the second half
at Eden Park last Friday night.
The Tongans put the heat on in the
second spell of the All Blacks' 41-10
Rugby World Cup-opening victory,
deliberately opting for a scrum from a
71st minute attacking free kick.
Prop Sona Taumalolo -- who plays for
the Chiefs in the Super 15 -- scored from
the resulting action.
It was pretty tough [out there],'' Hore
said later. But I think we'll close the gap
up a little bit with our loosehead prob-
Hopefully we can sort that out this
week [for the All Blacks' second match,
against Japan in Hamilton on Friday].''
In a newspaper column this week for-
mer All Black prop Richard Loe called for
Blacks scrum, saying it had not been
good enough against Tonga.
But Hore said it would be
disappointing if there wasn't something
to work on in the first week of the World
Something we've prided ourselves on
in the past is our scrum and hopefully we
can get it back to the level it has been,''
Japan turned in an impressive first-up
performance when they lost only 47-21 to
tournament fourth seeds France.
John Kirwan's team got to within four
points in the second half and forced
France into an extra gear in the final 10
All Black No 8 Victor Vito said the
Japan performance was indicative of how
the so-called minnows of the World Cup
lifted themselves against higher seeded
teams on such a big stage.
The Wellingtonian said that the All
Blacks' runaway 145-17 win over Japan
at the 1995 World Cup was consigned to
The game hasn't just stopped at 1995
and the results aren't the same,'' said
Vito. Everyone's now learning off the
same sorts of coaches and getting the
same game plans so it's getting tougher
and tougher. It's our job to keep ahead
really. The game's gone global and
players are popping up from every-
Hore said an example of how the game
was developing was the presence of for-
mer All Black aerial skills and kicking
coach Mick Byrne in the Japan camp as
their forwards coach.
The rugby game's truly gone global,''
he said, and it's just like the yachting
scenario, where the Kiwis are pretty
switched on and helping everyone else
out for cup
Nearly every household in New Zealand tuned in to
the first game of the Rugby World Cup, making it
the biggest broadcast in our history.
A total audience of 1.9 million watched the All
Blacks versus Tonga match at some point during
the game, a TVNZ spokeswoman said.
Some of these people may not have been sports
fans and watched only for a few minutes, but an
average of 1.6 million watched the entire game.
An audience of just over 1 million watched on
TV1, 443,000 on Sky Sport 1, and a further 178,000
on Maori TV.
This number does not include the delayed
broadcasts on TV3 and other mediums.
I would think that this might represent one of
the highest rates of viewership for a major event in
the host country anywhere,'' Rugby New Zealand
2011 chief executive Martin Snedden said.
More than 1 million watched the opening cer-
emony on Friday.
The previous accumulative record was the 2000
boxing bout between David Tua and Lennox Lewis,
which drew 1.8 million people, the spokeswoman
said. The 1981 royal wedding between Prince
Charles and Princess Diana had similar viewing
numbers. Until now, the All Blacks had not fea-
tured in the top 10 list.
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