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Carols by . . . glow-sticks?
Merry Christmas: The Telecom Christmas tree lights
up Waitangi Park, where Carols by Candlelight will be
held next week.
Bring a rug, picnic hamper and
your singing voices.
Wellingtonians are invited to
Carols By Candlelight at Waitangi
Park on December 14, from 7pm.
Entertainer Nick Tansley will
host the night and will lead the
crowds in a singalong of favourite
Carols by Candlelight is a family-
friendly event with entertainment
for children and adults.
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at the park, and the Night Market
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By SARAH BURTON
Clubs 'stocktake' started
The increased use of Wakefield Park
after its $3 million revamp has
encouraged Island Bay sports
officials to try to make better use of
the suburb s sports facilities.
Sports and recreation consultant
Bruce Stokell said the Island Bay
Tennis and Squash Club noted the
success of the park and was
investigating the possibility of
capitalising on the project.
They want to see if they can get a
bit more synergy going, Mr Stokell
A study has been undertaken look-
ing at facilities and club activities in
the area that could benefit from
Mr Stokell said the plan was for a
centre based around Wakefield Park
focused on involving different sports
with each other in some way .
This centralisation of facilities
would take single-purpose facilities
off the town belt and put them
together to make better use of space
and ensure they were being used
Mr Stokell said the project was
intended to make it more attractive
for people to be involved in sport.
Most clubs, unless they ve got
someone really vibrant and enthusi-
astic heading them, are not doing
that great. We have to get smarter
with better facilities to engage more
people in sport and recreation activi-
ties, he said.
A stocktake of facilities and clubs
in Island Bay is under way and a
group of local clubs and organis-
ations has been appointed to exam-
ine their development.
These organisations include
Berhampore Golf Club, Tapu Te
Ranga marae, South Wellington
Rifle Club, Island Bay Scouts, Island
Bay Services Club, Island Bay Bowl-
ing Club and Island Bay United
Mr Stokell said no commitments
had been made, but people were
interested in talking. Possible ways
in which co-operation could happen
include shared bookkeeping, joint
promotional efforts, joint member-
ships and reciprocal playing rights.
In the long term, facilities that are
under-used might need to be
Wakefield Park s renovations were
completed in July when two full-
sized artificial surfaces were laid.
The all-weather surface allows the
ground to be used for more than 60
hours a week. Grassed fields are
often only usable for six to eight
hours a week in winter.
Work starts on artificial
sports field for school
Construction is under way on an
all-weather sports field at St
Francis de Sales School in
The artificial turf will replace
a grass field that was often
waterlogged and unusable in
School principal Alan Fleming
said the new field, which is due
to be completed late this month,
would provide a much-needed
outdoor play area for students.
Our roll has grown signifi-
cantly, said Mr Fleming.
We now have about 300 chil-
dren attending St Francis but
have limited outdoor space for
the children to play.
The old grass field could not
cope with the wear and tear, and
during winter it quickly became
cut up and boggy. We were in
desperate need of a better play
space -- so this new artificial turf
will make a world of difference
to our children.
To accommodate the school s
growing roll, the Catholic
Schools Board arranged for four
new classrooms to be con-
structed on site.
That building project was
recently completed, but the new
classrooms infringe on the grass
field, further reducing the avail-
able play area.
The school board used that as
a catalyst to devise a plan to
solve the outdoor play space
It obtained several community
grants, including $30,000 from
New Zealand Community Trust,
to help fund the artificial pitch.
Mr Fleming said the artificial
field would be a valuable com-
munity asset from which many
local sports clubs and com-
munity organisations would
The other artificial turfs in
our suburb are already fully
booked and there is still a big
demand for quality fields for
sports groups to train on, he
We anticipate our new field
will be used as much after school
and in the weekends as during
The opening ceremony is
scheduled for the start of the
2012 school year.
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