Manukau Courier : November 11th 2010
14 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS $149 each Ecuadorian Mangoes Top Hat Beef/Pork Flavoured Sausages Fresh Brinks Chicken Schnitzel $599 kg $12 99 kg $199 bag Fresh Spinach Save from $2.83 $299 each Gregg's Coffee Refill Range 100g (Includes Decaf 75g) Oak Baked Beans/Spaghetti 420-425g Sunrise Table Spread 500g svmc1111 *Beer and wine not available at Mangere Bridge. Store Locations: 40 Coronation Road, Mangere Bridge, Auckland. 8/130 Dawson Rd, Flatbush, Auckland. Hall Ave, Otahuhu, Auckland. Specials available from Thursday, 1 1th November until Sunday, 14th November 2010 or while stocks last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. All limits specified apply per customer per day. Trade not supplied. Prepared meals are serving suggestions only. Props not included. Product range may vary from store to store. Proprietary brands not for resale. All stores hold A grade food hygiene certificates. Customer Support Freephone 0800 40 40 40. Local, convenient & friendly Next week's specials available to view from 12 noon each Sunday @ Limit 4 Assorted Save from 72¢ 99c each Save from $1.25 $199 each Balancing act: Neil Driver negotiates a rope bridge at the financially challenged Camp Lonsdale Outdoor Education Centre. Struggling camp needs schoolkids By RICHARD EDMONDSON ' We need that income in the middle of the year. If we we re talking about a couple of thousand dollars we would be fine but it is $127,000 so we need outside assistance. ' Neil Driver Lonsdale Park Camp chairman Piranha pond? Alligator pit? Acid bath? The obstacle course at Camp Lonsdale near Kaeo in Northland might require a leap of imagin- ation. But it s hard to fault the camp s suitability as an outdoor education centre for schools. The seven-hectare site boasts commando and compass courses through farmland and bush, while white sandy beaches and a boating lake are minutes away. So why aren t schools queuing to book the reasonably-priced facili- ties that include dining, kitchen and laundry blocks and bunkhouse accommodation for 66 people? That s the dilemma causing anguish for members of the non- profit trust that runs the Education Ministry- owned camp 2km from State Highway 10 on Matauri Bay Rd. Thousands of North- land school children have stayed at the camp since it was gifted to the region by Henry William Driver and his wife Ellen Lonsdale Driver in 1962. But bookings have been falling for years, according to the Drivers grandson Neil who owns a dairy farm surround- ing the camp and is chairman of the Lons- dale Park Camp Board. It s pretty dead here during terms two and three, Mr Driver says. The trust relies on rev- enue from bookings to offset costs and needs year-round occupancy for the camp to be fin- ancially viable. A building repairs pro- gramme might be in jeopardy if the trust can t raise the money from its own funds or from grants. Most of the upkeep is done by service clubs and board members but we need that income in the middle of the year, Mr Driver says. If we were talking about a couple of thou- sand dollars we would be fine but it is $127,000 so we need outside assist- ance. He hopes a new website www.lonsdale park.org.nz and a listing on an online register of outdoor education cen- tres will boost bookings. Because we re not on it, people assume we no longer exist. He asks schools, sports clubs and interest groups to support Lonsdale by holding their next camp or conference at the camp which charges $3 to $6 a night for children and $15 for adults. We re pretty much the cheapest camp in Northland, Mr Driver says. Call (09) 401-7226 for bookings or more information.
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