North Shore Times : January 24th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 24, 2013 NEWS Be in toWIN a tailor-made $10,000 AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAY Competition closes 1st March 2013. Terms and conditions apply, see stuff.co.nz/travelprofiler for details. Hot air balloon Yarra Valley, Victoria Details in this week's Slide repairs held up By JESS ETHERIDGE Broken: Little Shoal Bay's slide was destroyed by vandals and needs to be completely replaced. Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE Vandals have broken a popular children s slide beyond repair at Little Shoal Bay and it may be some time before it is fixed. Bryan Greig, 67, of Hillcrest takes his four grandchildren to the park at least once a month. But they cannot play on the slide because it is blocked off. When his grandchildren ask why we just tell them it s not our fault , he says. When you get down to it it s Auckland Council s fault. He believes the damage would have been reported but no con- tractors have been sent out to fix it. It would cost very little for new materials, he says. Mr Greig is disappointed $80,000 was put towards the adult fitness equipment in the same park but the slide repair gets pushed back. Northcote MP Jonathan Cole- man says it s time they fixed this as the slide has been out of action since the start of the holidays. Repair costs would be minimal in comparison to the fitness equip- ment, he says. Kaipatiki Local Board chair- woman Lindsay Waugh says it was vandalised and needs to be completely replaced this year. A timeframe for replacing the slide depends on stock. The adult fitness equipment and slide come under different areas, Mrs Waugh says. She says fitness equipment has no relationship to regular renew- als and maintenance budgets. This type of damage is always more of a problem as it is not part of a scheduled renewal pro- gramme but is required in response to vandalism. Church starts year of celebrations Milford Baptist Church began its year of centenary celebrations on January 6 commemorating the first service held on the site 100 years ago. Despite the event being in the middle of the holiday season, more than 150 people gathered for the morning service. Greetings were sent from Auck- land Baptist Churches and Rev Doug Salthouse who was a former pastor (1966-1975) preached. A beautifully iced celebratory cake depicting the distinctive stained glass window of the church was cut. The next event for this special year is a celebration of inter- national mission on March 10. Other events will follow every two months culminating in the weekend of October 12 and 13. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact the church office on 489 9559 for details.
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