Northern News : September 7th 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 www.thepeartree.co.nz 215 Kerikeri Road, Stone Store Basin, 09 407 ask about our courtesy van Bookings essential 3 course meal and live music Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10 $45 per person CHRISTMAS A sports man Home to help: Ryan Maraki has big plans for Lindvart Park. By EMMA GODWIN SEVERAL sport clubs in Kaikohe have been on the decline over the past few years but Ryan Maraki plans to reverse the trend. Mr Maraki has been appointed by Sport North- land to implement an Active Communities programme as part of the $340,000 Sparc grant to develop Lindvart Park. The 29-year-old Okaihau man gained his BA in physi- cal education in Dunedin and returned to the Far North to be with family. I always wanted to come back here to help the com- munity through sport, so this position is perfect for me, he says. The grant provides funding for a three-year project and Mr Maraki plans to achieve some key goals, including an increase in adult partici- pation at Lindvart Park. I d also like to increase the participation of 16 to 20-year- olds and build up the numbers of volunteers and coaches. He hopes to achieve these goals by collaborating with key clubs including rugby, league, netball, basketball and hockey. Mr Maraki believes there s a lack of push behind young kids to get out and play sport. Clubs are disappearing, there are too few options and travel can be an issue too. I want to unite key stakeholders, including existing clubs, and work together to create an amazing sports facility. The park is clearly in need of a little TLC but Mr Maraki sees great potential. The space we have at Lindvart is great and we now have the money to improve upon it. We re getting lights for the netball courts and hockey pitch and the pavilion is getting a new lick of paint and this is just the beginning of the renovations, Mr Maraki says. He hopes people get excited about the upcoming develop- ments and the plans to breathe life back into com- munity sports. There is some amazing talent here and sport can really enhance a community as it teaches teamwork, lead- ership and generates a sense of pride in people and in their communities. Win a trip for two to Melbourne Win: Experience the glitz, glamour and excitement of the Tatts Cox Plate in Melbourne. Here s your chance to win a trip for two to see the spec- tacular Tatts Cox Plate in Melbourne. It s been 25 years since two New Zealand cham- pions Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star battled it out stride for stride at one of the annual event s most memorable meets in 1986. And the Moonee Valley Racing Club, in conjunc- tion with the Northern News, is celebrating by giv- ing away a $5000 return trip for two to Melbourne including six nights at the spectacular Crown Metro- pol from October 19-23, entry to a number of Cox Plate events, premium hos- pitality on race day and tickets to Love Never Dies at the Princess Theatre, courtesy of Tourism Vic- toria. Write the answer to the following question on the back of an envelope and post it in to Tatts Cox Plate Competition, Northern News, PO Box 1, Kaikohe 0440 to go into the draw: In what year did Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star make his- tory at Moonee Valley? You can also email the answer to online.admin@ snl.co.nz. Entries close at 5pm on October 2 and are open to people aged 18 and over. Watch this paper over the next three weeks for three more questions and three more chances to enter the draw. The Tatts Cox Plate is worth an impressive $3,050,000, making it the third richest race in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup and the Golden Slipper. Celebrations start off track in the week leading into the race with a strong social calendar of events including Breakfast with the Best on October 18, Tatts Cox Plate Ladies Fashion Lunch on October 21 and the 2040 Cox Plate lunch held at the Atlantic Wharf. More information about the Tatts Cox Plate and competition terms and con- ditions can be found in today s e-edition version of the Northern News. Go online to www.northern news.co.nz, click on Latest Edition and read all about it.
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