Manukau Courier : December 10th 2010
5 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) WIN 10 prizes of $2000 to be won - just in time for Christmas. See this week's Sunday Star-Times for details CASH FOR CHRISTMAS Burning issue: Arson destroyed the children's play equipment at Kiwi Esplanade. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By DAVID TAURANGA Playground will rise from ashes A kids' playground that was torched by an arsonist last month is to be rebuilt. The Auckland City Council will replace the smaller of the two playground structures at Mangere Bridge's Kiwi Espla- nade after it was destroyed by fire on November 8. Council parks, sports and recreation manager Ian Max- well says the structure was around 15 years old so the fire is actually a chance to replace it with new modern features in consultation with the local community. The replacement play- ground will be a modern modular system and we hope to start work on its installation before Chr- istmas,'' he says. Senior fire risk manage- ment officer George Stephens says the Fire Service is treating the blaze as sus- picious. There were a couple of other similar fires in the area over a 24-hour period, he says. Police are involved and a fire investigator has been assigned. It would also appear on at least one occasion that there was evi- dence of fireworks being used.'' Mr Stephens says since the incidents took place the ser- vice has also attended a few other nuisance fires'' which has been a worry. Similar incidents in the past have lead to more serious fires or crimes and communities need to be more aware of the problem, he says. It is not just young lads fooling around -- offenders deliberately destroying prop- erty by fire is arson. If any one witnesses simi- lar incidents they should notify the police so r we can apprehend these offenders.'' Contact your local police or fire station if you have any information about the arson at Kiwi Esplanade or any other incidents. IN BRIEF Family fun day Everyone is invited to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust's free family fun day this Sunday. The annual event will be held at the Ellerslie racecourse with gates opening at 1pm. ''Every year we say thank you to the people of Auckland for their fantastic support with this free day out for the whole family,'' trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch says. ''It's a great way to start the holiday season in style.'' The day includes a Mad Butcher sausage sizzle, games, rides and ice cream for the children. ''It's all free,'' Sir Peter says. ''Our Christmas gift to you.'' Garden competition The judging's been done and the excitement is building as a fledgling garden competition gets ready to host its first prizegiving. The Otahuhu Garden and Floral Arts Club took over the running of this year's Otahuhu garden competition after the former Auckland City Council pulled out. Judging took place in mid- November and the prizegiving will be held tomorrow. More than 40 home, unit or flat gardens were entered for judging and organisers say there's a heap of prizes to give out at the prizegiving. It starts at 2pm in the Otahuhu Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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