Nor'West News: November 12, 2019


4 Tuesday November 12 2019

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Plan revealed to fix worn

out Bishopdale skate park

PLANS TO revamp one of the

largest suburban skate park’s in

the city have been revealed.

Bishopdale Park’s worn out

skate area on Leacroft St will

undergo a makeover to make it

more suitable for beginner and

intermediate skaters.

The total area of the skate park

will increase from 1197sq m to

almost 1300sq m.

The city council is asking for

feedback on a series of proposed

improvements to the park.

Specialist skate park

designer Richard Smith was

commissioned to create a

landscape plan.

The proposed skate park

would feature a pump bump, low

pyramid, roll-overs, and a jersey

barrier, blended into a roll-over

finger, as well as bench seating

and a picnic table. The existing

concrete slabs would be resealed

and the quarter-pipe replaced

with a granite ledge and smaller

half pipe.

Said city council head of parks

Andrew Rutledge: “Bishopdale

Park is close to a number of

schools and is very popular with

local families. Improving the existing

skate area will make it even

more appealing to young people

in the area and provide them

There will be an opportunity to discuss the revamp plans

for the Bishopdale Park skate area with city council staff on

November 24 at the park between 11am and 2pm

PLANS: The proposed upgrade of the Bishopdale Park skate

area includes a new half-pipe and granite ledge, as well as

bench seating and a picnic table.

with some good challenges.”

About 500 information leaflets

have been delivered to nearby

properties and key stakeholders

last week. Suggestions for the

design were collected from last

year’s Bishopdale Skate Jam


•Feedback on the plans

can be made before

December 9 at https://



Malawi visit next year

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He also received the Greatest

Individual Impact Award, for

almost single-handedly raising

$14,000 for World Vision.

“These awards highlight my

passion to help as well as the huge

amount of work that the school

has encouraged us to do over the

years to support World Vision,”

he said.

Said Izaac on raising the

$14,000: “I started to email celebrities

across the globe ranging

from Graham Norton, Ellen De-

Generes, multiple different actors

and celebrities overseas and also

many famous New Zealanders.”

Izaac did not get many responses

but heard back from

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern,

Nico Porteus, some All Blacks

and other New Zealand artists.

From there, he had the idea to

host an art auction, which raised

$12,000, he then door-knocked


and approached family members,

which raised another $2000.

Next year, Izaac will travel to

Malawi with four other World

Vision Ambassadors and see

where the funds from the 40hr

famine will go.

“This is a long way from home,

making it an exciting adventure

for myself and the other four

ambassadors going on the trip. I

feel excited but ready for the challenge,”

he said.

Once he returns from Malawi,

he will visit schools across the

country to assist with fundraising

for World Vision, and he said

one of his key goals is to increase

participation in the famine across


“I feel so privileged and blessed

to be able to help World Vision

with its global work and to be

able to help it make a change is

something that will stick with me

forever,” he said.


When Izaac

Wilson goes to

Malawi next year,

he will witness

first-hand the

work World

Vision does,

such as helping


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As local MP, there’s nothing more

satisfying than working alongside

local residents in advocating

for the important things in our

community. At my over 60s’

coffee morning in Belfast recently,

Colleen and Frank raised

concerns about young children

crossing the railway line from

Thompsons Road to get to Belfast

School. I organised a meeting

for them with the New Zealand

Transport Agency (NZTA). Colleen

and Frank were thrilled to hear

that NZTA will build a crossing

over the railway line with warning

bells and an automatic gate, to be

completed by the middle of next

year. This will also help the elderly

with mobility scooters to cross

safely to get to the Northwood

Supa Centre.

I joined our Canterbury MPs in

celebrating our Indian community

at the Diwali Festival. The Festival

of Lights is a great way for us

to share in Indian culture and

acknowledge the contribution of

our migrants.

With over 23 schools in the

electorate, it’s a busy time with

a number of school prizegivings

being held. Last week I

joined Kaiapoi High School in

acknowledging their seniors at the

end of year prizegiving. I enjoy

these opportunities to engage

with our young people.

Last week saw the last of my

over 60s’ coffee mornings for

this year and a huge thank you

to all who attended. It has been

enormously valuable to me to

hear your views.

I wish everyone a great

Canterbury Show Day. It’s a

highlight on Canterbury’s calendar

and many of us have great

memories as children enjoying

the rides, candyfloss and animals.

Please do stop and say hello if

you’re attending.



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