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Rugby Rampage: A giant ball has been given the boot and replaced with this inflatable activity.
Rugby Rampage is on
Gravity has scuppered plans for
a giant grass rugby ball planned
for Napier during the Rugby
Testing of a prototype section
of the 10-metre ball found the
grass grew well on the flat but
when the foam sections were
lifted into a vertical position, all
the water went south and the
grass died, said Hawke s Bay
RWC 2011 co-ordinator Peter
So the ball idea has been
given the boot and a purpose-
built inflatable 20-metre long
game called Rugby Rampage
will take its place in upper
Emerson St instead, from Sept-
ember 9 to October 23.
The Rugby Rampage game is
a lot more interactive and will
provide adults and children with
an opportunity to compete
against the clock as they run the
length of the game. It is capable
of handling a lot more people per
hour than the Big Ball and
should be heaps of fun said Mr
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Save the Marineland
Appalling, worrying, secretive,
dodgy -- just a few of the words used
by members of the public speaking
about the way they feel the Napier
City Council have handled the
Marineland issue. I was out helping
the Marineland Rangers Club
(children) collect submissions asking
the NCC to Please keep, upgrade
and save Marineland as a sanctuary
when I heard this. It made me think.
Does the NCC want to be
remembered this way?
As a Napier ratepayer, I am very
disappointed, too. An issue this big
which concerns the whole city,
should involve us more in the
decision-making process. Regarding
cost, it is after all only 1.09 per cent
of my annual rates (around $15)
being used to pay for Marineland
(closed). Why not re-open it and let
visitors help pay for it too? Think of
all those extra visitors coming to
Napier later this year. Their guide
books will still mention Marineland.
Are we going to turn away their
tourist dollars too?
We owe these beautiful animals
our support. We are lucky to have
this facility on our doorstep and we
are lucky to have people in our
community willing to invest in it if
given the chance. Marineland is a
sanctuary for marine animals as the
SPCA is a sanctuary for dogs and
cats. The mayor said recently on
national television that people have
moved on and evolved in the way we
keep animals. Why don t we show
the rest of the country and the world
how it can be done and done well
with a new Marineland -- one we
can be proud of.
If other people feel strongly about
wanting to keep Marineland as a
marine animal sanctuary and
marine education centre, they should
let the NCC know. If you missed the
council s May 16 Draft Annual Plan
submissions deadline, it s not too late
to have your say. The council is there
to listen and serve the people.
No means no
The old chestnut is again being
trotted out by Hastings Mayor Yule,
in a desperate attempt to solve
Hastings heavy debt and share it
with amalgamation. Napier has
voted no twice in recent polls; we do
not want it. He would be better
thought of if he concentrated his
energies in reducing his city s debt
burden. Our two cities are
diametrically opposite in business;
Hastings is agricultural, Napier is
vastly different with the port and
large businesses being our saviour.
Voting again is a waste of time and
effort. Grow your city, Hastings; we
are doing our share well without you.
Support Foodbank's bus
Don't miss the bus! Food banks'
hungry bus is driving around Napier
today and tomorrow in search of
surplus food from your pantry.
Check for non-perishable items, so
you're ready when the bus comes to
The bus stops at the following sites.
Today: 9am at William Colenso
9.45am at the Family Centre in
Morris Spence Ave, 10.15am
Tamatea High, 11am Porritt School,
11.30am Tamatea Primary School,
12.15pm Tamatea Pak 'n Save.
Tomorrow: 9am Westshore Primary
School, 9.30am Port Ahuriri School,
10am Napier Central School,
10.45am Te Awa School, 11.30am
Marewa School, noon Countdown in
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