Manukau Courier : November 25th 2010
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SWING SET WA ANT 2 years on the frame & 12 months on the parts i.e. plastic seats etc Institute of Applied Lear ning Call 0800-300-312 And our team will show you how You want to work as an Administrator or Office Manager OR Work in an Office as a Computer whiz Start before Xmas Pools still free in 'Auckland' ' In the times I've spoken to Len Brown -- and sometimes he pulls over to chat when he spotsmeoutforarun-- he has always struck me as a good down-to- earth sort of person. He also knows our Pacific ways. ' Well our new city is now officially under way. And pretty quickly we are all just starting to say Auckland'' rather than supercity. But I'm glad that Manukau is staying strong and in particular that Manukau Leisure isn't changing and will remain committed to the community. I think it's also really good to see a south Auck- lander as mayor. In the times I've spoken to Len Brown -- and sometimes he pulls over to chat when he spotsmeoutforarun-- he has always struck me as a good down-to-earth sort of person. He also knows our Pacific ways. So kia kaha Len. I wish you every suc- cess in this role. Change is exciting and we all love to see prog- ress. But keeping in touch with your roots is also important. Which is why I'm very interested in the re- opening of the Norman Kirk Memorial Pools in Otara. When I grew up these pools were where we hung out all summer long. I've got strong memor- ies of happy warm days just kicking back with my mates there. It was always a great place to meet people. And when the flea mar- ket was on you could go for a swim and have lunch -- all laid on right in the heart of Otara. Mike Ibbertson, the same man who had to put up with us kids way back then, is still run- ning the Otara Leisure Centre which will house the new pools. By now he must have seenalotofusgo through, first as kids and then later as parents. The new centre is a big step up in quality. They've completely gutted the old indoor pools and have built a new complex with a toddlers pool, leisure and teaching pool, 25-metre lap pool and spa and sauna. The big outdoor pool that we loved as kids will still be there. But it'll be dressed up a bit with better grounds and changing facilities. And like all Manukau Leisure's pools it'll still be free to get in. The new pools will be open in early December. And it will be easily warm enough then for the outdoor pool. If you don't live in Otara all the other Manukau Leisure out- door pools open in the first weekend of Decem- ber. So get down to Moana- Nui-a-Kiwa in Mangere, the Papateotoe Centen- nial Pools or Totara Park in Manurewa. I'll also be going to the final work-out and graduation for the six- week SMART Challenge early in December so I'll tell you more about that in my next column. By now the people on the challenge will be working hard to meet their goals. Lately I've been doing the same thing, helping the successful Kiwis boys train for the Four Nations rugby league competition. We really stepped it up and made it hard -- and of course we were suc- cessful. Of course it's different strokes for different folks. And it's really good to see Manukau Leisure shooting for the stars with a whopping seven finalists in the New Zea- land Fitness Industry Awards. Marina Fitness is a finalist for both the small club and sight and sound awards. The Manurewa Aquatic Com- munity Gym is in line for the large club award. The adults in action programmes at Mangere and Otara Community Gyms are up for the com- munity category and staff members are in the running for club support, fitness instructor and people's choice awards. Good luck and con- gratulations to them all -- it shows what good work they are doing. So roll on some hot summer Saturdays and swimming and lunch at Otara with a new gener- ation of kids who will grow up with their own happy memories of the place. Creative workshops Free creative workshops for budding poets and writers are being offered around south Auckland by the new head of Manukau Institute of Technology's creative writing school. Robert Sullivan is an accomplished poet, editor and children's writer. who has run creative writing programmes at the University of Hawaii. His next workshops are on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at MIT's cre- ative arts faculty, 50 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara, and on December 4, 1pm to 4pm, at the Otahuhu library, 12 High St. Contact 968-8780 or creative. email@example.com to book a place.
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