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Newmarket, Parnell, City Centre, Grafton, Newton, Eden Terrace, Freemans Bay,
Arch Hill, St Marys Bay, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, West Lynn and Westmere
Work has been underway since December 2012 to install the
surfaces and competition-standard floodlighting after the
project was chosen to benefit from increased regional funding
The turfs -- scheduled to be completed this month -- have been a
key priority for Waitematā Local Board members.
It is estimated the new facilities will increase the playing time on
Seddon Fields by 50 hours a week, with no weather cancellations.
"It was important for us to team up with Western Springs
Association Football Club and the council's parks and recreation
team to deliver more user hours at this popular field," says board
chair Shale Chambers.
Auckland's wet winter weather puts growing pressure on existing
sports fields and the Point Chevalier, Westmere, Ponsonby and
Grey Lynn area has struggled to cope with demand.
"There is no more space for new fields, so the emphasis has been
on better managing and improving the resources we have," Mr.
"We thank everyone for putting up with the disruption at Seddon
Fields, but I'm sure everyone will agree the outcome is a fantastic
one for the club and the community."
Western Springs FC executive committee member Zoran Jerkovic
has worked closely with the board and parks staff during the
various stages of the project.
The club is the third largest in central Auckland and caters for
around 2,000 players of all ages.
"We have delayed the start of the club based competitions for
our juniors and there is no doubt we have had to deal with field
logistics," Mr Jerkovic says.
"But these new facilities will resolve a lot of issues and we can't
wait to join board members in celebrating the first ball being
kicked on the artificial turf."
Overall, Auckland Council is investing $190 million over the next
10 years into developing, upgrading and renewing sports fields
across the Auckland region - a number of these are local board
identified and funded projects.
Kick-off time for new artificial turfs
Footballers at Seddon Fields in Westmere will soon get the result they have been waiting for with the
opening of two new artificial turfs, plus a smaller warm up and training area.
From left, Waitematā Local Board Member Greg Moyle, chairman Martin Bell and
Zoran Jerkovic from Western Springs FC, and local board chair Shale Chambers.
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Level 2, 35 Graham Street,
Waitematā Local Board invites you to join them
at an open day to look at design concepts for its
planned Myers Park upgrade.
The board last year signed off a Myers Park
Development Plan and a programme of works is
scheduled to start over the coming 12 months.
The open day will held at the Myers Park
Kindergarten, off Queen Street, and will feature
display boards illustrating proposed upgrades to
entrances, lighting and play spaces.
Council staff and board members will be able
to answer questions and there will be an
opportunity to provide feedback.
When: Sunday, 23 June 2013
IRB juniors take the field in France
By OLIVER POWNALL
Charging on: Patrick Tuipulotu is a member of New Zealand's IRB Junior World Championship team. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK
Taking off: Simon Hickey and his New
Zealand IRB Junior World
Championship team-mates take on Fiji
Photo: MURRAY WILSON
Auckland's young rugby stars are
New Zealand's IRB Junior World
Championship campaign begins in
Vannes on the west coast of France
today against Fiji, with a very
strong Auckland contingent in the
squad to challenge for the cup.
Patrick Tuipulotu from Ponsonby
and Simon Hickey from Grammar
Carlton will be looking to keep up
the history of strong New Zealand
performances at the tournament.
New Zealand has held the title
since its inception in 2008, winning
four straight titles before losing
22-16 to South Africa in last year's
The 2013 side will be looking to
create its own legacy, while aveng-
ing last year's defeat.
The cup belongs in New Zealand.
Our expectation is that we are the
best team in the world,'' Tuipulotu
There is huge pressure on the
New Zealand Under 20s as we are
an awesome rugby nation,'' Hickey
Every year has a different side so
we are looking forward rather than
looking back at past results.''
Auckland Rugby Union player
development manager Ant Strachan
says these two players have ben-
efited from the ARU High Perform-
ance Academy Programme.
Patrick is an outstanding young
man who has continued to grow
within the ARU High Performance
Programme. He is technically and
tactically very proficient as well as
displaying massive potential as a
leader in the future.''
Tuipulotu has been a rock in the
Ponsonby forward pack, controlling
the lineout in a position previously
held by Andy Hayden, Troy Flavell,
and Ali Williams at Ponsonby.
Hickey has already had a success-
ful start to his rugby career, win-
ning last year's Gallaher Shield
with Grammar Carlton and playing
for Auckland in the ITM Cup.
Simon is a gifted athlete who
plays the game with maturity
beyond his years -- a post-school
player who has progressed rapidly
and now has a great opportunity to
lead his country to a world title,''
The New Zealand Under 20s
environment is a proven stepping
stone for developing young players
into future All Blacks, with 16 of
the 38-man All Blacks 2013 training
squad being former New Zealand
under 20s representatives since
The current crop of players will be
looking to emulate the feats of the
previous All Black graduates.
There is a strong focus from the
NZRU, and it should help us all
improve as players,'' Hickey says.
It means a lot to be in this team
-- it is reward for years of hard work
but is a stepping stone for us to gain
higher honours,'' Tuipulotu says.
Pool B: New Zealand, Ireland,
June 5: NZ v Fiji
June 9: NZ v Australia
June 13: NZ v Ireland
June 18: Play-off matches
June 23: Final
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