North Shore Times : February 25th 2016
10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 25, 2016 Teen publishes hymnbook on NZexperience GeorgeWang, 17, has published a book of hymns he has written. He says the songs in the book portray New Zealand from a Chinese perspective and act as a ‘‘thank you present’’ to New Zealand. Hymns for New Zealand: Selected compositions of a teenage Chinese New Zealander, was published in December and includes seven piecesWang composed between 2011 and 2015. Four of the pieces have won awards and each of the pieces focuses on a different part ofWang’s experiences in New Zealand. stuff.co.nz Warriors set to play on at Mt Smart DAVID LONG The NZ Warriors will remain at Mt Smart Stadium, Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and the club have confirmed. The NRL club’s current licence runs out at the end of the 2018 season and the RFA’s initial plan was that the Warriors shift to Eden Park or QBE Stadium, which the club was vehemently against, so much so that it even threatened to take the club out of Auckland. The Warriors felt that Eden Park was too expensive and their fans, who are predominately based in south and west Auckland, wouldn’t want to travel to Albany. But a new agreement between RFA and the Warriors will see Mt Smart Stadium remain as the club’s home ground until 2028. The agreement follows extensive dialogue between the RFA and Warriors management. ‘‘We have been engaging widely with stakeholders and those connected with our stadium facilities and listening to their needs,’’ Regional Facilities Auckland chief executive Chris Brooks says. ‘‘The newagreement offers greater commercial value to RFAandAuckland ratepayers, reflecting council’s investments in Mt Smart Stadium.’’ Chris Brooks ‘‘We have always said this process may lead us THE PERFECT RETIREMENT SADAY s sense. privacy me home! living along with the security of care if and when you need it. Dont miss this opportunity to view what insiders call the perfect lifestyle village. FPet Premier Lifestyle Villages group includes Fairview Lifestyle Village, Fairview Care Ltd and Settlers Albany Lifestyle Village. riendly z (Take the Oteha Valley your place in the sun to reconsider aspects of the strategy. ‘‘We have also widened our focus to include consideration of the longer-term needs of sporting codes, other users, and the Auckland public and how we can best utilise existing facilities as well as any enhancements that will add value. ‘‘That long-term outlook and the feedback from stakeholders is helping us shape a view on what Auckland needs now and also over the longer term.’’ Brooks said the discussions with the Warriors were based around fulfilling the club’s needs, alongside RFA’s goal to maximise the use of its facilities on a cost-effective basis for ratepayers. ‘‘The new agreement offers greater commercial value to RFA and Auckland ratepayers, reflecting council’s investments in Mt Smart Stadium... while also providing certainty and some enhancements for the Warriors and their fans,’’ Brooks says. Brooks says other elements of the stadiums 27th FEB 10AM - 3PM TURDAY strategy are being worked on and discussed with relevant stakeholders. Another change signalled is a short-term extension for speedway to stay at Western Springs until early 2019 while work continues on an alternative location.
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