Central Leader : March 18th 2011
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One will go from the boarding house to Hilltop, one from Newmarket to Epsom to Hill- top and one from Britomart to Hilltop. In the afternoon they will take the students in reverse, she says. The move will take place in October when the students are on their term break. The college wants to estab- lish strong ties with the com- munity and steps have already been taken by donat- ing an old playground from the grounds to the nearby St Dominic s Catholic Primary School. Principal Daniel Pepper says his school appreciates the college s donation. To get it recycled for us is amazing. We hope to have a long positive relationship with the college, Mr Pepper says. The playground had to be dismantled and brought to the school in pieces where it was reconstructed with the help of parents. It s another activity for the senior students at do at lunch, he says. Garden dream is in limbo By HANNAH SPYKSMA Waiting game, left: Co-chairmen of the Auckland Chinese garden steering committee Ron Sang and Kai Luey say they will settle for nothing less than the best for their garden dream. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Long-time dream, below: Six months have been spent working on this sketch and a detailed concept proposal for the Chinese garden. ' I want to strongly stress that this garden is not for Chinese only. I think people have got the wrong idea -- it's a project that is for everyone. ' -- Ron Sang PLANS to create a place of peace and tranquility in Monte Cecilia Park may be put on hold with concerns raised about the proposed site. The Auckland Chinese gar- den steering committee approached the Puketapapa Local Board in late February for approval in principle to create a Chinese garden within grounds of the Hillsbo- rough park. But the board and other councillors have stated that while they are all for the con- cept, Monte Cecilia may not be an appropriate home. They re not saying any- thing negative or anything positive -- Auckland Council members are just sitting on the old Chinese wall, com- mittee co-chairman Kai Luey says. The committee was given approval for this particular site, off Mt Albert Rd, by for- mer Auckland city mayor John Banks in late 2009. This was after the council conducted a search to scope out five potential venues, with the Auckland Domain and Western Springs Park being crossed off the list early on.Puketapapa board deputy chairman Nigel Turnbull says although the board supports the garden in essence, having it feature in Monte Cecilia is not ideal. If a site is available within Mt Roskill that would be great but my personal pre- ference, and from a planning perspective, is that it s not in Monte Cecilia. I don t believe this is the best place for it and I don t believe that this fits in with the long-term vision for the park. The proposed site lies within the newly acquired Moore property on the north side of the extensive grounds. The garden would be open plan as opposed to walled and accessible to all Aucklanders free of charge. Mr Luey and steering com- mittee co-chairman Ron Sang say there is a strong need for a space of this kind in the city. Part of the concept of a Chinese garden is to promote a place of peace, serenity and contemplation. The garden aims to do this, as well as attract tourists, promote relations between Auckland and its Asian sister cities and be a home away from home for the thousands of people with Asian heritage living in Auckland. I want to strongly stress that this garden is not for Chinese only. I think people have got the wrong idea -- it s a project that is for everyone, Mr Sang says. The board has asked for a comprehensive report of all council involvement with the project before the supercity amalgamation and wants a full review of potential sites region-wide.
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