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THE drivers behind building a multi-million
dollar indoor sport stadium in Te Kuiti are getting
to the “nitty gritty” stage
says project co-ordinator
The North King Coun-
try Indoor Sports and Rec-
reation Centre project, led
by the Te Kuiti High School
board of trustees, began in
2014 to replace the school’s
current 45-year-old gym-
nasium with a modern
facility capable of hosting
Expected to cost be-
tween $5.5-$7 million,
the plan is to build a sub-
regional indoor multi-
purpose sport stadium
large enough to cater for
the Waitomo, Otorohanga
and Ruapehu districts for
up to 50 years.
Project co-ordinator Bruce Maunsell of Te
Kuiti says with more than half of the necessary
funds already committed including $750,000
from the school’s board and a $700,000 Trust
Waikato grant – the next stage is to secure cor-
“We’re now at the stage where we’re going to
proceed with the concept design and get down
to the nitty gritty of working out exactly what
the costing is going to be,”
“Rather than saying it’s
within a $5.5-$7 million
range we want to pin that
down and we’re pretty sure
it will be at the lower end
which is good.”
Mr Maunsell says after
ticking off a lot of boxes last
year such as completing a
feasibility study, carrying
out public consultation and
establishing an information
website, he is “really pleased”
with the project’s progress.
“We [the project steering
group] have come a long way
and now we are starting to
work on the finer details.
“ The wheels are in motion
and most importantly we have the support of the
“The council [Waitomo District Council] is
positive about it and we think the model we’ve
suggested is really workable and they’ve agreed.
“The next major milestone that is approaching
is forming the trust that will govern the project.”
More than 300 people completed a public
survey in December with 94% of responders
indicating their support.
ABOUT 130 vintage motorcycles will cruise
into the North King Country next weekend.
The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand’s 25th
National Motorcycle Rally will be based in
Waitomo Village and include motorcycles rang-
ing in age from 30 years to more than a century.
Rally co-ordinator Peter Alderdice says the
biennial rally is held in a different location each
“ The club has 36 branches throughout New
Zealand and they have turns organising the
rally,” he says.
“This year it is a joint effort put on by the
national office [based in Auckland] along with
some volunteers from Waikato.”
The rally begins on Friday, February 17 with
an official welcome and barbecue at the rally’s
headquarters in Waitomo Village.
On Saturday participants will take part in a
navigating and timekeeping trial, leaving at one
minute intervals and heading to Piopio with a
lunch stop at the college.
“It’s not a high speed event,” says Mr Alderdice.
“It’s all about attempting to maintain an av-
erage speed over a short-timed section before
enjoying the rest of the ride at your own pace.”
On Saturday night participants will enjoy
entertainment at Woodlyn Park.
“We try and put money back into the area
wherever we can.”
Mr Alderdice says the best time for members
of the public to view the motorcycles will be dur-
ing a gymkhana event at the Waitomo Domain
on Sunday, February 19 from 2pm.
“We’d be happy for people to come along and
watch,” he says.
“ There’s a team’s event and they have to con-
duct various tests on the grass. It will be interest-
ing – the oldest bike is from 1905 so some of it
will be quite challenging.”
Participants stay at Waitomo for a week after
the official rally to take part in daily motorcycle
tours to a range of locations in the North King
“Waitomo is a place we hadn’t been to previ-
ously,” says Mr Alderdice.
“It’s well suited for accommodation and there
are some really interesting roads to ride on
without much traffic. Everyone is looking for-
ward to it.”
THE Vintage Car Club of New Zealand National Motorcycle Rally co-ordinator Peter Alderdice
and his grandaughter Natalie Schilder prepare for a ride on his 1928 Harley Davidson, one of
130 vintage motorcycles travelling to Waitomo next weekend. PHOTO SUPPLIED
on their way
THE long-running tradition of the Aria Sports
Day has delivered a feast of family fun once again.
Held at St Helen’s Domain on Waitangi Day,
more than 600 people attended the 113th event
to take in all the sights from shearing and dog
trials to horse riding and motocross.
Bathed in sunshine, many visitors took ad-
vantage of the domain’s ample shade while the
longest queues of the day were for ice cream, hot
chips and the ‘world famous in Aria’ waterslide.
Co-organiser Anna Nelson says: “There was a
great crowd of up to 500 or 600 at its peak.
“We also had a good number of entries in
the dog trials, shearing and equestrian events
and there was a very high demand for the Lions
caravan and the ice cream truck with both doing
a roaring trade.”
Other popular attractions included craft stalls,
a bouncy castle, children’s rides and running
“We had two new novelty events this year – hit
the golf ball into the bucket and casting a fishing
line into the bucket where spot prizes were given
away to the best on the day,” says Mrs Nelson.
“ They proved to be a big hit so I think we’ll
have to come up with something new to add
Along with the fine weather and a bumper
crowd, she says the highlight was providing a
relaxing day of free family entertainment thanks
to major sponsors Aerowork and Rorisons RMD.
“ The highlight for me was seeing all the par-
ents having a rest in the shade under the trees
while the kids were tearing around having a
“ That’s what the Aria Sports Day is all about.”
Great crowd for
Aria Sports Day
QUEUES of eager children line up to cool down on the popular Aria Sports Day’s waterslide on
Waitangi Day. PHOTO SUPPLIED
STADIUM project co-ordinator Bruce
Maunsell says the next stage is to
seek corporate sponsorship.
Next stage looms
for new stadium
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