There has recently been an attempt to portray the Board as not caring for the young. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Yet another addition to the Tawaipareira skate park will soon be in place. The Board has paid for a new toilet to add to the increasing infrastructure there. The Exeloo has been custom built for the skate park by the addition of a mural featuring a skate boarder. So far, over $200,000 of the Board’s SLIPs (small local improvements projects) fund, has been spent on the park. It has become increasingly popular as a venue for the young, hence the need for a toilet. New facilities paid for by the Local Board include a half pipe, BMX track, BBQ, picnic table and cycle circuit. The Board is also considering providing some playground equipment for younger children in this new financial year.
Children and young people have been big winners from Local Board event funding. The first Christmas Festival last year, Carols By The Sea, and the Carnival of Colour have all had large funding increases from previous years. This is set to continue.
Other events with a big emphasis on family fun that have received Board discretionary grants include the Dirt Track Fireworks, Onetangi Beach Races, Waiheke Festival of Story and Waitangi Day celebrations at Piritahi Marae.
Discretionary grants funding favouring the young have been given to:
A swimming pool would particularly benefit children and young people. In its Local Board Plan 2011 the Board said it would investigate the feasibility of a pool, and then decided to bring the project forward by funding the $30,000 study from SLIPs. The study is currently being conducted.
The Swimming Pool Feasibility Study was approved for SLIPs funding in October 2012
by a majority of four to one. Member Paul Walden requested that his vote against the motion be recorded