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NORTH King Country residents will have a rare opportunity to go
ice skating at the Waitomo Sports Stadium from tomorrow at what is a
Ice Skate Tour is an organisation which travels around erecting mobile
artificial ice rinks to help community groups raise money.
They set everything up for free and the community group which enlisted
their help gets to keep 20% of the profits from ticket sales.
Waitomo Sports Stadium committee president Sheridan Tata says he
took his children to Kio Kio School last year when the Ice Skate Tour was
there and it was “awesome”.
“It’s a lot of fun, as well as being a fundraiser it’s a good community
activity and a good way to keep the kids entertained,” he says.
“Not many kids around here would get to go ice skating so we thought
it would be something different and it’s really cheap.”
Tickets are $7 for children and $13 for adults which includes skates,
helmets and at least half an hour of skating.
“We’ve had a good response, people are really excited and keen.”
The stadium needs “quite a bit of work”, says Mr Tata.
“We are working on re-roofing the whole stadium.
“We did some fundraising in the past and completed half of it, now we
need to do the rest which will cost $45,000.
“We want to refurbish the kitchen, toilets and showers as well. The
basketball court itself needs to be sanded and re-floored, new backboards
Despite plans for a new sports stadium at Te Kuiti High School, Mr Tata
says there will still be a need for the Waitomo Sports Stadium.
“At the moment we’ve got basketball – which runs most of the year – and
the miniball competition has 80 teams and goes for about 14 weeks,” he says.
“We also have badminton, indoor soccer, and the operatic society.
“A lot of us in Te Kuiti have grown up using the stadium, which has been
here more than 50 years.
“The new stadium may be on its way but we don’t want to let our old
“We are doing as much as we can to beautify it before the new one is
For times and prices, see the advertisement in this issue’s classified section.
AN artificial ice rink just like this one has been set up in the Waitomo Sports Stadium and will open tomorrow for three days to help raise funds
for its upgrade. PHOTO SUPPLIED
for stadium upgrade
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