So Kaiti, what do you think of the new Waikirikiri playground?

Amazing . . . fantastic . . . five stars

Amazing . . . fantastic . . . five stars

‘THE KIDS ARE NUMBER ONE’: Their happy faces say it all, and this is who they did it for. Honny Wilson and Phonyx Pato chose the spider web swing at the official opening of the new $150,000 playground at Waikirikiri Reserve yesterday. The equipment includes a flying fox, climbing wall, monkey bars, swings and slides. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Kaiti tamariki (children) now have the dream playground they wanted — and helped create.

The brand new $150,000 playground at Waikirikiri Reserve was officially opened yesterday.

Mayor Meng Foon had barely finished cutting the shiny red ribbon when a queue of kids ran straight past, making a beeline for the equipment.

“It’s amazing,” said Arohea Pewhairangi, 11.

Zariah Pako, 9, gave it “five stars” and was among the 2300 community members who voted on the playground design they wanted.

Ngati Oneone representative Albie Gibson watched as the kids had fun.

“Isn’t it fantastic,” he said. “It’s great to see something like this in Kaiti. I’ve lived here for years and this is a great day.

“The kids are number one. The more facilities of this nature brought into Kaiti, the better. We need lifting.”

Mr Gibson acknowledged the ministers who performed the karakia before the opening and the hard work everyone had put into it.

“Collaboration is a really important thing in communities these days. There’s not enough of it but this is a great indication of it.”

Mr Gibson said Ngati Oneone had been “well involved” in the project and he hoped that would continue with more projects for Kaiti.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti chief executive Stefan Pishief spoke about the 18-month journey it had taken to get to this point.

The old playground was falling apart and had health and safety issues, he said.

Gisborne District Council approached Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti about a new playground and they put it out to the wider community.

“Tamariki had the chance to create their dream playground.”

Ideas were put to a design committee and then the community voted.

The finished area represented the culture, history and pride at Waikirikiri, said Mr Pishief.

“And this is just the starting point.”

Mr Pishief said it was the energy, drive and passion of volunteers and the many organisations behind the project that produced this “really great result”.

The playground was fully funded by the council and built by Playground Creations.

It was the second one Playground Creations had built in the region. The first was at Tokomaru Bay.

Kaiti tamariki (children) now have the dream playground they wanted — and helped create.

The brand new $150,000 playground at Waikirikiri Reserve was officially opened yesterday.

Mayor Meng Foon had barely finished cutting the shiny red ribbon when a queue of kids ran straight past, making a beeline for the equipment.

“It’s amazing,” said Arohea Pewhairangi, 11.

Zariah Pako, 9, gave it “five stars” and was among the 2300 community members who voted on the playground design they wanted.

Ngati Oneone representative Albie Gibson watched as the kids had fun.

“Isn’t it fantastic,” he said. “It’s great to see something like this in Kaiti. I’ve lived here for years and this is a great day.

“The kids are number one. The more facilities of this nature brought into Kaiti, the better. We need lifting.”

Mr Gibson acknowledged the ministers who performed the karakia before the opening and the hard work everyone had put into it.

“Collaboration is a really important thing in communities these days. There’s not enough of it but this is a great indication of it.”

Mr Gibson said Ngati Oneone had been “well involved” in the project and he hoped that would continue with more projects for Kaiti.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti chief executive Stefan Pishief spoke about the 18-month journey it had taken to get to this point.

The old playground was falling apart and had health and safety issues, he said.

Gisborne District Council approached Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti about a new playground and they put it out to the wider community.

“Tamariki had the chance to create their dream playground.”

Ideas were put to a design committee and then the community voted.

The finished area represented the culture, history and pride at Waikirikiri, said Mr Pishief.

“And this is just the starting point.”

Mr Pishief said it was the energy, drive and passion of volunteers and the many organisations behind the project that produced this “really great result”.

The playground was fully funded by the council and built by Playground Creations.

It was the second one Playground Creations had built in the region. The first was at Tokomaru Bay.

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Lorraine Houkamau - 6 months ago
My granddaughter took her two babies there.

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