Manukau Courier : February 11th 2011
3 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS 60 Plunket Avenue, Manukau 0800 VERSATILE www.versatile.co.nz Terms and conditions apply. 6m x 4m (06EN model), 2.1m stud height, versaclad cladding with front soffit, Colorsteel®. SAVE UP TO $578 NOW $4,999 KITSET SINGLE GARAGE Single: 5.5m long x 2.95m wide, Double: 5.5m long x 5.9m wide, in ground model, 2.0m stud (shown), also available in Zincalume. SAVE UP TO $208 NOW $2,399 KITSET CARPORTS 6m x 6m (06KF model), 2.1m stud height, versaclad cladding with front soffit, Colorsteel®. KITSET DOUBLE GARAGE NOW $6,199 SAVE UP TO $793 Come and see us in-store for more unbeatable savings! New era for football By ALAN APTED Almost home: Mangere Centre Park Sports Association chairman Mohammed Imram outside the new Mangere United clubhouse and pavilion that opens tomorrow. Photo: ALAN APTED THE FIVE long years of using a nine metre by six metre tent for a clubhouse are nearly over for Mangere United. Tomorrow Auckland mayor Len Brown opens a new $2 million clubhouse and pav- ilion at Centre Park which the Northern Region Football League side will call home. The opening ushers in a new era for players and supporters of Mangere United and the New Zealand Fiji Football Association. The two organisations are part of the Mangere Centre Park Sports Association which will oversee the two- storey facility. It includes a 650-seat pav- ilion, upstairs lounge with bar and kitchen facilities, and ground floor showers, chang- ing and meeting rooms. The main pitch has an embankment opposite the clubhouse that can seat up to 1500 people. Tomorrow s opening is a dream coming true , sports association chairman Mo- hammed Imram says. This means a lot to us. They ve struggled to keep the club going since fire destroyed the old wooden clubrooms in 2005. We lost players and we lost supporters because we didn t have a clubhouse. We even lost our premier status in the Northern Region Football League. The new facility will help the club rebuild, Imram says. A priority for us will be the setting up of a junior foot- ball programme, one that we hope will attract to football the Maori and Pacific Island children who don t play rugby or league. To baptise the new facility 10 teams will play a five-day, 24-game tournament for $15,000 in prize money starting at Centre Park on Wednesday at 6.30pm. The official opening is at 10am tomorrow. Foodbank cops a top pumpkin crop Pumpkin patch: Aileen King, with son Daniel, 18 months, helps out in her dad Neil Robinson's plot at the Papatoetoe teaching gardens. All of the produce goes to a foodbank. Photo: MELISSA KINEALY By MELISSA KINEALY Growing a ton of pumpkins is a family affair for Aileen King. She helps out dad Neil Robinson at his plots at the Manukau Parks teaching gardens in Papatoetoe. One of those plots boasts 68 pumpkins on the grow. And now the keen gardeners are shooting for 100. But Neil and Aileen won t be eating all things pumpkin. Instead they re giving them to the South Auckland Christian Foodbank. The father and daughter say their aim is to give homegrown food to those who need it. Aileen says it s great to be growing the vegetables for a good cause. Fresh veggies -- you really can t get those in food parcels. Foodbank director Ian Fos- ter comes each week and helps pick the vegetables Neil and Aileen have grown. I come along and leave with at least two big bins every week. It s awesome we have the space to do it. Manukau Parks Teaching Gardens have been set up to encourage physical activity and good nutrition. IN BRIEF House prices dip House sales in the Manukau Courier's circulation area took their annual holiday dip in January, Barfoot & Thompson says. Managing director Peter Thompson says the average sale price of $318,000 was down 3 percent on the average price for the past 12 months. ''The summer holiday break regularly creates this early dip in January values,'' Mr Thompson says. The ''key measure'' is the average sale price over the past 12 months of $329,000 -- which is at the same level as the previous year's average price. ''Although sales volumes are down, the average price is holding up.'' The lack of new listings, down to their lowest level in a decade, is the main thing holding back the housing market, Mr Thompson says. Papatoetoe and Manurewa had the most sales activity in January. Calling volunteers Volunteers to coach the business leaders of the future are needed for the Counties Manukau Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme. Under the scheme students set up their own company, create real products or services, implement real marketing plans, earn money, and keep profits. Organisers are now looking for volunteer coaches to help about 600 Counties Manukau students for the scheme's annual E-Day. The coaches will sit through the students' business presentations and offer feedback at the end. Those who take a shine to the process can volunteer to stay on as a mentor to the students throughout the programme. Last year more than 3500 students from 180 secondary schools took part in the programme nationally. The E-Day is on March 7 from 12.30pm to 2.15pm at the Pacific Events Centre. Registrations for volunteer coaches close on February 21. Contact anita.keestra@ em.org.nz to register your interest. Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to see more on Mangere United's clubhouse opening.
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