Repair planned, but families want skatepark extended
The pair approached the town’s service centre and dealt directly with council staff, being given a job number and an assurance that an inspection and repair would happen in the next few days. However, while that may solve one issue, parents and caregivers at the skatepark, like Waiuku’s Noeline Whitaker (pictured with grandchildren Will and Sam), say it’s high time the park was made bigger. Noeline says she is there with the children for most of the summer, and adds that there are often up to 25 kids on the park, meaning there is no room for more. “Parents will come down, then decide to come back later, hoping there’s some space,” she says.
Noeline notes that the area of park north of the skatepark is hardly used, and believes the park could easily be extended to that area. Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post