Central Leader : April 15th 2011
Rollers rock for Christchurch Roller skates are going to be rocking for Christchurch this weekend with a roller derby league storming the central city. All-girl skating troupe Pirate City Rollers are hosting their inaugural Gradu- ation Bash to kick the 2011 season off with some proceeds going to the Red Cross Christ- church Earthquake Appeal. Organisers say the evening at YMCA Pitt St this Saturday will be a special exhibition bout that shows off the talent of its new skaters, as well as the prowess of its veterans. The contact sport sees two teams of five compete on a circuit track. Tickets for the event are selling fast and those attending are encouraged to dress in red and black and to bring a pocketful of change for donations. Visit Real Groovy or Under the Radar to purchase tickets and go online to www.pirate cityrollers.com for more information on the Auckland league. 5 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 15, 2011 NEWS 1st Anniversary Special 333 Sandringham Rd, Opp Caltex, Auckland. Tel: 09 963 6167 Offer Valid till Stocks lasts Conditions apply Milk 2L 2 for $5.50 Chana Dal Massor Dal Chick Peas $2.99 kg Almonds $9.50 per kg Canola Oil 5L For $14.99 Basmati Rice 5kg $9.99 Yoghurt 2 For $3.50 Indian Atta 10kg for $12.99 Toor Dal Urid Dal Moong Dal $3.99 kg Waghbakri Tea 1kg $11.99 ea Amul/Sagar Ghee 1L $12.99 ea Frozen Paratha 30pk $9.99 Ashoka Ready toeat3For $4.99 Kesar Mango Pulp $2.99 Chana Besan $1.99 ea kg ea 3659540AA From Friday 15 April to Sunday 24 April 2011 Big plans for the Birdcage Public plaza vision: An artist's impression of the Rob Roy plaza, which will be developed into a public space after the reinstatement of facilities at the Birdcage Hotel, formerly known as the Rob Roy Hotel. Pub crawl: The historic Birdcage Hotel is back in place after being shifted 44 metres on two occasions to allow for construction of the Victoria Park tunnel. The return journey got under way on Tuesday, as pictured, and the move was completed on Wednesday. Photo: JOHN SELKIRK By RHIANNON HORRELL Auckland s Birdcage Hotel is set to become the heart of a new indoor and outdoor eatery now that the 19th century tavern has survived two moves to allow for con- struction of the Victoria Park tunnel. The building, formerly known as the Rob Roy Hotel, was inched back into position on Tuesday and Wednesday this week after sitting on a temporary site 44 metres up Franklin Rd for the last eight months. The double move has used a series of hydraulic jacks and runway beams to allow the building to gently glide along. The hotel shift was wrapped up by 2.20pm on Wednesday. New Zealand Trans- port Agency communi- cations and stakeholder manager Helen Cook says there had been six pushes of the hotel by 9.30am on Wednesday with a further nine pushes to go. We re ahead of time. It could be slow the last few metres as it is moved into position above the tunnel. It has gone without a hitch. Ms Cook says the old hotel was pulled halfway on Tuesday and then jacks were moved to the other side to continue with pushing efforts. It s been absolutely rigid the whole way. We re not expecting any damage. Ms Cook says the agency is now calling for tenders from interested parties to lease the ground floor of the hotel. We re hoping it will be a hospitality business -- a licensed cafe or res- taurant, something like that. The whole area will be landscaped and it will be good to have a busi- ness that spills out of the ground floor to add life and vitality to the area. It was really bleak before. She says it is unclear what the second floor will be used for but there is potential for office space. We will allow the building to settle on its foundations for a couple of months and then replace the amenities -- electricity, water and sewerage. It will then be handed to the NZTA property department at the end of August. Agency state highways manager for Auckland and Northland Tommy Parker says the Birdcage now sits on the southern portal of the Victoria Park tunnel. The hotel has had a smooth ride back home and it s been well looked after by our partners. The Rob Roy has served Aucklanders for 125 years, and we hope that it can start a new life back in its old spot being a focal point again for the community for at least another 125 years, Mr Parker says. He says a critical element has been keep- ing the hotel level. Dunning Thornton director Adam Thornton, part of the company responsible for the move, says the Christchurch earthquake has provided additional incentives to preserve the Rob Roy. So many old buildings of a similar age were lost forever in Christchurch, so saving the pub, which is an important part of New Zealand s heritage, is more critical than ever, he says. The hotel s double move cost around $2.5 million. Drama puts city boys' shenanigans on stage Sex in the City is coming to Auckland, but with a distinctly Kiwi and male twist. Up and coming troupe the Outfit Theatre Com- pany brings a slice of New York to New Zea- land with its 2011 season of Boys Life. Directed by central Auckland resident Sam Shore, the thought- provoking drama is tipped to be a witty and intelligent battle of the sexes. It follows two 20- something men seeing urban life through beer tinted glasses, as they refuse to grow up. The Pulitzer Prize- nominated play was written in 1988 by Amer- ican Howard Korder and will be the 10th play pro- duced by the Outfit Theatre Company. Boys' Life runs at the Basement Theatre until April 23. Visit www.outfit theatre.co.nz or www. iticket.co.nz for more details. Go to www.centralleader.co.nz to see a video of the Pirate City Rollers.
April 13th 2011
April 20th 2011