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Street football idea pitched
By CAROLYN VEEN
Skills on Parade: Nathaniel Wright, 22,
left, and Reiner Bauerfiend, 24,
demonstrating street football skills on
Napier's Marine Parade, where they
hope the council will install a concrete
court for the sport to be used by all.
Two sporty young men from Napier
would like to see a street football
pitch installed on Napier s Marine
Nathaniel Wright and Reiner
Bauerfiend, who play the informal
game wherever they go, say the
emphasis on fun, fitness and friend-
ship is what makes it so popular.
They pitched their idea at a Napier
City Council meeting in December,
outlining the basic specifications and
cost of a permanent court for the
sport. We asked the council to con-
sider including a concrete football
pitch in the Marine Parade develop-
ment plan, said Mr Wright.
A simple 25m x 12.5 metre concrete
pad would be low-cost and low-
maintenance, and extremely popular
and possibly even the first of its kind
in New Zealand.
Being right by the beach would be
awesome -- bring your own ball, it
doesn t have to be a soccer one or any-
thing, just something that s good for
dribbling and working on foot skills.
Mr Bauerfiend said the court could
be a multi-functional one.
There is the opportunity to turn
this into a dual-purpose facility by
adding basketball hoops to the top of
the goal posts, and who knows, even
add sand for volley ball competitions.
They estimate the cost of the con-
crete pad, goal posts and a low block
wall to come in around $30,000 which
does not include the goal-post fencing.
The sport, described as an outdoor
version of futsal, began as a pastime
for the homeless in cities around the
The game is all skill, free play and
fun. It has become incredibly popular,
and it s usually played anywhere
there s a flat hard surface, like netball
or tennis courts and quiet roads [with
no thoroughfare] for instance.
We play wherever we go using our
bags as goal posts -- there s nothing
flash about it. We have some friends
who are immigrant workers and they
play down at Park Island whenever
they can. It s good for keeping fit and
getting to know other people.
There s no tackling; it s not high
powered like rugby, it s more about
footwork and foot skills -- it s simply
informal football which is usually
played in urban areas with various
rules adapted from regular football
and futsal, or make your own rules.
Both believe Ahuriri and Anderson
Park would also be ideal sites for
street football courts, proposals that
could be submitted for consideration
in the council s annual plan.
The matter would be considered by
the Napier City Council s Marine Par-
ade committee at its February meet-
ing, said councillor Tania Wright.
By DIANE JOYCE
A multi-council controlled
organisation will manage
the merging of building,
information technology and
a call centre services for the
Hawke s Bay region.
Councils ticked off the
draft constitution, the next
step toward forming the
company, just before Chri-
It will be headed by an
At its last meeting of the
year, Hawke s Bay Regional
Council heard that the
man, suggested by the
Napier and Hastings coun-
cils, had an accountancy
and financial advisory back-
ground and had done work
The remaining directors
would be the chief
executives of the five coun-
cils involved: Central Haw-
ke s Bay District Council,
Wairoa District Council,
Hastings District Council,
Napier City Council and the
accepted the draft consti-
tution in principle but sug-
Napier heard the matter
in public excluded, later
announcing that it had
accepted the constitution.
Mayor Barbara Arnott
said there was lot of dis-
cussion about how it would
work; however, the council
decided that it was the best
At its December meeting
Hastings council decided
without comment to back
accepting the constitution.
Wairoa accepted the con-
stitution, albeit with
reservations, said chief
executive Peter Freeman.
Central Hawke s Bay
chief executive John Free-
man said there was nothing
in the small print the
council did not like, and
they had approved the
draft. Mr Freeman said the
beauty of the arrangement
is that we re not bound to it
if there s a service where
we re already getting a bet-
ter deal than [the co-council
organisation] comes up
with. And if money needs to
be spent investigating some
service that might save us
all money, then the cost of
that investigation is
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