Ngahinapouri community courts open
Te Awamutu Courier, Te Awamutu King Country  by  None    06 Apr 2017
General News - page 13


Ngahinapouri Community Group chairperson Mike Fox says it's time to bring back community links to home life.

That's the inspiration behind an upgraded tennis court for Ngahinapouri, to open on Sunday. The Ngahinapouri Community Group was formed in 2013 by locals wanting to improve Ngahinapouri facilities.

They wanted good facilities to be close to home for Ngahinapouri residents. For the past three years the group has worked on securing funds for the upgrade of the tennis courts.

The project set out to transform the courts from predominantly tennis and netball to a multi-use facility. There is now a modern synthetic playing surface for tennis and netball, moveable tennis nets and netball goals, removable basketball goals and lighting to enable night-use. The cost of the work was about $155,000.

The group secured funds from the owners of the land, Ngahinapouri Tennis Club, local fundraising efforts and the support of charities WEL Energy Trust, Trust Waikato, Pub Charity Limited and Four Winds Foundation.

Community group member Jan Thomas says the largest contribution came from the Ohaupo Bowling Club which redistributed funds following sale of their land. She says Mike Fox had been instrumental in progressing the project.

"Without Mike's dedication, drive and management this project would not have been possible within the time frame and financial constraints." The opening celebrations start at 5pm on Sunday, April 9 at the Ngahinapouri Tennis Courts. There will be games of sport, a picnic evening, speeches and turning on the court's new lights.


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