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Renovations nearly complete
Windsor New World renovations are nearly
complete with only one department left to
refurbish. The supermarket has undergone a
$9 million redevelopment which is due to be
finished in March.
Countdown to census
There are only eight weeks until the census
day in March.
The March 5 census replaces the census
which was originally scheduled for 2011, but
was cancelled after the February earthquake
in 2011. Census collectors will visit 1.8 million
homes on the scheduled date with 4.6 million
individual forms. The data from the
collection will be available from December
If you fancy a swim this weekend, then Te
Anau s Sandfly Lake Swim may be just the
thing. Registrations for the event, which
involves competitors swimming across Lake
Te Anau, will be from 9am on Sunday at the
Real Journeys Lakefront office.
Competitors will be taken to the other side of
the lake by boat at 10am.
The swim is open to adults and children but
under 16s must wear a wetsuit.
Te Anau racing
The annual NS Vets Te Anau Harness Street
Race will take place this weekend, starting at
The free event, which is held at Mokonui St
and Lions Park in Te Anau, first started in
1991 and continues to be a major event in Te
The racing begins at 1pm and a dutch auction
will follow the event at 5.30pm.
Nice move: Elejah
Russell, 14, shows his
skill at the Elles Rd
skate park, which
seems set for a
because of a funding
shortfall, which the
Council won't cover.
On board with skaters
82-year-old sticks up for skaters in park upgrade frustration, reports Louise Berwick
Do you agree with former Invercargill City Councillor Geoff Piercy,
who thinks the ICC should make up the $200,00 shortfall so a
quality skate park upgrade can be built at the outdated Elles Rd
How would you rate the skateboard, scooter and BMX freestyle
bike riding options in Invercargill?
Let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org (write SKATE in subject line). Or
tell us on our facebook page: facebook.com/TheEyePaper
Speaking for the skaters: Former
councillor Geoff Piercy.
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
He can't skateboard and he's
nearly seven decades older
than most of the children who
do, but one Invercargill man
is standing up for the city's
boarders and scooter riders.
He's Grey Power president
Geoff Piercy, 82, who is
voicing his opinions on behalf
of Invercargill youngsters and
their plight for a decent new
The Invercargill City Council
has announced it will proceed
with a $550,000 skate park
upgrade at the Elles Rd
facility, despite being $200,000
short of the projected cost.
The ICC won't fork out for the
shortfall and have instead
said the young riders and
park users would have to
prioritise what they wanted to
spend the $550,000 on at a
facility that now won't be
anywhere near as good as first
Mr Piercy believes that is not
''The council is saying it is a
child-friendly city but I am
just saying put your money
where your mouth is.''
He suggested that the council
borrow the remaining money
needed to fund the park, even
though it was already con-
tributing a $100,000 loan to the
''You can never borrow
money cheaper than you can
borrow it at the moment.''
The former city councillor
said the council was being
penny wise and pound foolish.
''I'd like to say to them: 'Do a
He believed the saga was a
repeat of the building of
Splash Palace when the
council did not put in a
learners pool and then had to
redevelop the facility a few
years later to accommodate
''You do it once, and you do it
Mr Piercy acknowledged that
there was a lot for children to
do in the city, but said it was
often at a cost. He used the
stadium was an example.
''The kids have got to have a
bit of money in their pockets.
It costs to get in there.''
The benefit of a skate park
was that it was a free facility
that could be used by all ages,
''Other cities that I have been
to, they've got more than one
If the Lotteries Commission
had not come to the party
with a $250,000 donation, he
doubts whether the park
upgrade would have gone
ahead at all.
''We are always saying, 'those
darn skateboarders. They're a
nuisance around town', but
they've got no where to go.''
He said some councillors did
not seem to have a grasp on
what children wanted and
how important a quality skate
''People forget that they were
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