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Call for change
No sooner than the mayor announces
re-running for his position, so arrives
the politically motivated tripe in the
letters, proclaiming now is not the
time for change (Jos Baker, Outlook
April 13), when only in Outlook
November 24, the same was
proclaiming the council as an
inept team .
On the contrary, the ratepayers
need someone who is new and young,
who embodies a fresh direction,
someone who will cut through the
red tape and bureaucracy.
We need policies that promote
quality building on higher, drier land
to the west; not cheap housing on
lower, wetter dairying land to the
east. We need council to protect
community structures, not fence
them off and let them to thieves.
This place is stagnating, and not
It is time for change. (Abridged)
Kendall Park may
get artificial turf
By PETER HIDE
KENDALL PARK, in Island Rd,
Kaiapoi, could be in line for North
Canterbury s first artificial
playing surface, ahead of South-
brook Park and other sites around
the Waimakariri District.
A recommendation was being
considered at yesterday s meeting
of the council s community and
recreation committee. Council
community green space manager,
Chris Brown, said Kendall Park
was the preferred location for a
turf, to be installed during the
2013-14 financial year at a cost of
more than $1 million.
Kendall Park is used by the
Waimak United Football Club,
which is the largest in the district,
with about 1200 members.
The club has reached a stage
that without assistance in relation
to field provision and quality, it
will have to turn away new
members, Mr Brown said in a
report to the community and rec-
reation committee yesterday.
This is primarily space to train
under lights and in wet weather.
Mainland Football supported
the location for the turf, saying
one of the biggest issues facing
football region-wide was a lack of
Mr Brown said the club booked
halls for training, especially in the
latter part of the season when the
lighted fields were no longer able
to cope with training and
Saturday competition games.
An artificial turf could be a sub-
stitute for four hectares of live
playing surface, he said.
Kendall Park had the largest
football ground in the district.
The main reason for the council
providing an artificial turf was to
cater for growth without having to
buy more expensive land.
Several companies could pro-
vide a surface for competition play
for football and rugby, and it was
sanctioned by FIFA and the IRB.
Mr Brown suggested that the
Northern Bulldogs Rugby League
Club could use the artificial turf.
Football is now played almost
all year round, and continues to
attract more players and compe-
titions, both in club and school
grades, he said.
This means that should an
artificial playing surface be pro-
vided to a football grade, it would
be used all year round. The
facility is unlikely to sit dormant
during the summer months.
While he was recommending a
football-specific surface, a shorter
hockey-specific surface would
encourage and retain the growth
of the sport in the district.
The Hinemoa Kaiapoi Hockey
Club and the Rangiora Hockey
Club were the oldest and second
oldest in the country.
Canterbury Hockey has con-
firmed they have access to fund-
ing to assist the council with
development of a hockey-specific
turf, Mr Brown said.
Staff were talking to Canter-
bury Hockey to find out the fund-
ing available. A hockey-specific
surface is earmarked for 2015-16.
EYES AND EARS: Gary Terrell from Rangiora Community Watch.
down on numbers
By PETER HIDE
A GROUP known as the extra
eyes and ears of the police is
looking for recruits.
Gary Terrell, who has spent 17
years with Rangiora Community
Watch and is co-ordinator for the
organisation, said that it is short
Volunteers staff the Community
Watch patrol car each Friday and
Saturday night for about four to
five hours from 9pm, or watch the
CTV monitors at the Rangiora
Once they are members and
have been strictly vetted by the
police, they are called on usually
once a month, Mr Terrell said.
Community Watch volunteers
generally check on doors and
windows of commercial premises
and help out the police.
They re usually cruising
around at night, seeing things
that look out of place, he said.
The Rangiora car was in regular
communication with the Kaiapoi
and Pegasus organisations, as
well as the Rangiora base, Mr
Terrell said. Often the cars would
be in Rangiora to check on things.
If you would like to volunteer for
Rangiora Community Watch, call
Gary Terrell on 313 7349.
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