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

 


Franklin Local Board gives Wero support

Development of Wero, a white water stadium proposed for Manukau looks a little bit closer with Franklin Local Board voting to support Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) funding proposal.

At the Local Board meeting on Tuesday February 26 members discussed the RFA recommendation to provide net sale proceeds from the adjoining land sale to Counties Manukau Pacific Trust (CMPT) at Manukau to develop Stage Two of the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre.


The innovative project will be unique in New Zealand and aligns with the strategic directives in the Auckland Plan and will deliver tangible outcomes related to the Southern Initiative.


Schools, sports people, community groups, weekend warriors, businesses and emergency services will all have access to the white water stadium, which promises to be a draw-card to Auckland.


Franklin joins supportive motions passed by Otara-Papatoetoe and Mangere-Otahuhu Local Boards.

Chairman of CMPT, Sir Noel Robinson says; “It’s fantastic to receive formal support from local boards where their communities will directly benefit from Wero.

“Of course, we’re disappointed Howick Local Board passed a resolution not to support Wero before a presentation about the project was given,” says Sir Noel.

“Their decision is a bitter pill to swallow for the region especially when funds from the land being sold at Manukau may not be used to in the area and could go to other RFA projects in other parts of Auckland.”

Manurewa and Papakura Local Boards have reserved their decision-making until they analyse public opinion from submissions to the Auckland Council Annual Plan.

“Numerous groups and individuals have told us they have sent positive submissions to Auckland Council voicing how Wero will be a dynamic addition for Aucklanders as well as people throughout New Zealand.”

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED) released a favourable business review in November, 2012.

RFA and CMPT have agreed to develop Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets
out funding conditions and limits RFA and the council’s exposure to unnecessary risk.

About Wero
The white water stadium is the stage two anchor attraction at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre and it will consist of a function centre and two water courses.
River Rush is a grade four white water rafting course for recreational rafters and kayakers that will attract international televised events with a training base for the Olympic teams.
Tamariki River is a grade one water course for school group use for an introduction to rafting and kayaking.
It will also be used by not for profit groups for mentoring programmes teaching water safety and learning to take risks in a controlled environment is key for youth development.
It will also provide training facilities for the emergency services for frontline moving water training.
Stage three includes Body Odyssey exhibition, art gallery and café, and office plus classroom spaces.
Body Odyssey was an interactive exhibition of the human body developed by Te Papa and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosted at TelstraClear Pacific in 2005.
The exhibition was enjoyed by over 26,000 visitors and will be a permanent exhibition in Wero.
With the highest diabetes rates in the world, Body Odyssey will help educate our youth on the importance of making healthier choices.
An art gallery and café will be added to provide an outlet for talented New Zealand artists giving tourists and locals alike the chance to purchase original artworks.
Office and classroom spaces will also be added on the second floor of the building. This will provide meeting and workshop spaces with a wonderful view of River Rush and Tamariki River.
Stage four, The Arrival will be an interactive high tech visual display telling the Polynesian story of journey, following the DNA trail from Asia finally arriving on the shores of Aotearoa.
A descendant of Hape will guide visitors through the tunnel sharing his story of journey on the stingray named Kaiwhare to our harbour.
The tunnel will end at a contemporary Fale where guests will enjoy food of the journey along with cultural group performances drawing on the many talents from within our communities.
The Arrival will be used during the day by school students learning the stories and history of our people.
Stage five, the Outreach Gallery and artist in residence studio will house touring exhibitions with an artist in residence program for school groups from all over the Auckland region.
For more information contact:

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news