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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 3 YOUR HOME FOR SHOPPING SHOP DROP of charge* 125629 BBQ TABLES Six Sider $460 3.0 Metre $360 Standard $260 124009 11 Trugood Dr, East Tamaki Ph 274-5978, Fax 274-9878 email: firstname.lastname@example.org All tables are of solid construction, fully assembled and use galvanised hardware. TRELLIS Made-to-measure service using quality timber with stainless steel staples. Return of the swamp F ➤ romPage1 Sheltered spaces for activities to take place should be provided and traffc speed should be reduced to ensure pedestrians feel safe. One suggestion for a more dynamic use of the space under the fyover is an extended Pakuranga Night Market. Reviving the swamp Past community consultation revealed that people wanted mature trees for birds and shade, low maintenance and indige- nous planting, and more space for children in the town centre. Support was strong for enhanced green links to the Rotary Walkway and green spaces. Rain gardens are envisaged, to provide a sense of the swamp land environment that Pakuranga was once covered in, and to provide a good habitat for indigenous plants and tree species. Storm water, the plan says, could be channelled into the rain gardens to provide water for plants and a way of capturing and treating run-off. Mature trees planted in tree pits would also capture, harness and treat storm water. The Town Square at the Rotary Gateway could also incorporate a place for children to experience water, for example, allowing children to slip through colourful artifcial reeds and splash in fountains. “This interactive work would help to bring ‘the swamp to the surface’ and help people to appreciate the story of Pakuran- ga’s past,” says the master plan. Pakuranga was once covered in a low-lying swamp that was drained and developed to create today’s urban landscape. Until the 1950s, the area was a sparsely- settled farming community. Requests for land rezoning will need to ■ be made through the formal submission process to the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan rather than the master plan consulta- tion. Information about the Unitary Plan and the draft Pakuranga Master Plan is on- line at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Enhancing environment ARTISTIC: Farm Cove Intermediate School pupils with their murals, from left, Georgina Bradley, Amy Skidmore, Catherine Luong, Jannisa Seck, Shervonne Grierson, Rishika Choudhry, Yungan Yu, Calvin Karsten, Darcy Frost, Alan Liu, Fiona Wang and volunteer art teacher Olive Breach; back, Kevin Lin, Bob Ritchie and Johanna van Laar-Veth. Times photo David McPherson By DAVID MCPHERSON MORE than 30 years after the frst concrete was poured, a group of talented students has paid tribute to the Farm Cove Rotary Walkway in its own special way. Thirteen young artists at Farm Cove Intermediate School have created four murals showing scenes of the Tamaki Estuary from the walkway. Over two terms, the pupils brought their murals to life, often spending lunchtimes at work. “The students had been study- ing the ecology of this area in sci- ence, especially the importance of the estuaries,” says art teacher Johanna van Laar-Veth. “Armed with cameras they spent a morning examining the Farm Cove Rotary Walkway, observing and recording the sights, includ- ing the estuaries, beaches, bird-life and other creatures hiding away among foliage, rocks and sand. “From the photos, ideas were exchanged, and every student drew up a number of images of what they would like to see on the murals. “It was decided that four round murals would be created, using a combination of the students’ designs,” she says. The designs were frst sketched on paper the same size as the mural boards, and then transferred onto the boards, and fnally painted by the students with a lot of care and in great detail during GATE Week, and also in many sessions in the following weeks. GATE (gifted and talented) Week was a new venture for Farm Cove last year, and 13 talented art students were chosen to design and create murals for the school. Pakuranga Rotary Club mem- ber Bob Ritchie was on hand for the unveiling on December 9. He was the club’s president in 1977/78 when the walkway project was frst proposed. “The club had only been going for seven years at that stage and we were looking for a project that would beneft the community,” says Mr Ritchie. “We fnally settled on the walk- way idea and the frst concrete was poured in February 1978. There was a short walkway there but it was pretty run down. We aimed to take it from Pigeon Mountain to the Pakuranga Plaza along the shore-front of the estuary. “We completed about 100 metres a year until about two years ago, when maintenance of the walkway was taken over by the Auckland Council.” Previously, the 7km walk- way was a joint project between Pakuranga Rotary and Manukau City Council. “We provided the manpower and the council the funding,” he says. He’s impressed by the quality and vision of the murals. “They really capture the spirit of the walkway and the estuary,” says Mr Ritchie, as he congratulated the students on their work. Farm Cove Intermediate pupils also learned late last year that the murals were third in the sec- ondary [years 7-13] category of the Resene Mural Masterpieces schools competition.
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