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Pohe Island strife
By DENISE PIPER $26.5m
Projects held back to the
next financial year
Spring Flats sportsfield
Old landfill site: Pohe Island with the new
road to the new bridge under construction in
POHE Island is fast becoming a pol-
itical football with disagreements
over how its development should be
funded and used.
Councillor Brian McLachlan says
the Whangarei District Council is
spending too much on sports fields
and club buildings at the island s
William Fraser Memorial Park.
He says the work is at the expense
of minor codes such as cycling and
core council business such as road
In November the council decided
to defer $26.5 million worth of pro-
jects to the next financial year so it
does not go over its debt budget.
But $1.1m budgeted for sports
field development at the park has
not been delayed.
This is on top of $608,000 needed
to clay cap the former landfill.
A further $1.6m for sports field
developments at Springs Flat will
also go ahead this year.
Mr McLachlan says $6m worth of
roading projects have been deferred
Of more concern, he says, is a
development budget for Pohe Island
which shows plans to spend more
than $3m on rugby, about $1.5m on
passive recreation, just over
$500,000 on football and under
$500,000 each on water sports and
The Whangarei Old Boys Rugby
and Sports Club has been looking to
relocate since the council was offered
$20m for its Port Rd site.
The sale has not gone through yet
but a statement on the club s website
says it is moving to the park along
with the Northland Rugby Football
But club captain Colin Shirley
says nothing has been confirmed and
he expects it won t go ahead until the
site is sold.
Deputy mayor Phil Halse says the
council has not had a formal proposal
from the parent body, Northland
Mr Halse is also president of the
Rugby Union but says it is a figure-
head role and he is not on the man-
He says Old Boys is amalgamating
with Marist Rugby Club this season
and the vision is for both to be
relocated at a central place.
This would free up Old Boys site
for sale and Kensington Park for jun-
ior sports, he says.
The development of sports fields
on Pohe Island co-incides with clay
capping work, and football fields at
both Pohe Island and Springs Flat
are needed to secure a Fifa Under-20
World Cup game, he says.
Mr Halse says putting sports fields
on the park was always part of the
plan and it was never intended to be
left for passive recreation such as
walking and cycling alone.
Free healthy advice on
offer at fun day
Fun awaits: Onerahi
Resource Centre co-
ordinator Faith King
says everyone is
welcome to this
Community Day at
Photo: DENISE PIPER.
A fun time for the whole family is
on offer with this Saturday s
Onerahi Community Day.
The free event will be run from
10am till noon at Sherwood Park by
Onerahi Resource Centre and
The aim of the day is to celebrate
living in Onerahi, resource centre
co-ordinator Faith King says.
The event is part of the Endless
Summer Festival and will include
musical entertainment, dancing
Food will be for sale including
coffee, a hangi and a barbecue.
Health Promotions will be pro-
moting a healthy and safe com-
munity and its message will be
driven home with free fruit kebabs
and water bottles.
I think it s a great time to do it
because lots of these events have
sweet things but nothing healthy,
A strong anti-violence message
will also be promoted, carrying on
the theme of a recent hikoi in
central Whangarei dedicated to
Patricia Wowo McGrath.
There will also be community
stalls, giveaways and a display of
SPCA pets up for adoption.
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