Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Council Gives Urgent Consideration To Sports Field

Manukau residents will soon have full use of the proposed Weymouth Domain Sports Field after an Emergency Committee of Council met to award the contracts.

The emergency meeting was held after several unavoidable hold-ups in the consent process had slowed things down. Anne Candy, Deputy Mayor and Acting Chairperson of the Emergency Committee Meeting, said councillors were giving the park top priority to accommodate the ward’s growth and ensure works would be completed by the end of the summer building season.

“We need to be mindful of the fact that we are a rapidly growing city. This project along with further sports fields developments at Mountfort Park, have been given top priority if we’re to meet current and future demands in our city’s highly populated ward,” says Ms Candy.

“An emergency Committee meeting of Council was necessary to ensure the earliest possible completion of earthworks construction. A successful tendering process had been conducted and the people of Manurewa will at last see a long awaited project come to fruition. With the additional funding required being met from the Cash-in-lieu-of-Reserves Fund, which property developers provide to Council when land is developed, this project puts no extra pressure on the ratepayers of this city and the Emergency Committee of Council therefore felt there was no need to delay the matter further.

“One local sports club that will be elated is the Weymouth Rugby Club as it built it’s future plans around Council’s timeframe and through no fault of their own have already missed two seasons. It is imperative that this development commences as soon as possible so the fields can be put to good use and the sporting aspirations and healthy lifestyles of the people of Weymouth and Manurewa can be enhanced. This has been Council’s goal – now let’s get on with the job!”

Digby Whyte, Manager Manukau Parks, said $500 000 had been allocated in the 2000/01 Annual Plan from the Cash-in-lieu-of Reserves but this needed to be increased by $200 000 because of the unanticipated consent requirements. This had involved additional consultation with iwi when surveyors discovered an archaeological midden on the site, consultation and impact assessments related to developing a sports field in a passive reserve, and extra parking requirements.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages