Kapi-Mana News : October 25th 2011
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Discussions began last year on the viability of a facility that could be used by local sports groups and community groups, including a bar, cafe, meeting rooms, storage areas and changing rooms. It is being spearheaded by Paremata- Plimmerton Rugby Club but has had plenty of buy-in from the likes of Plimmerton Bowling Club, Plimmerton Creche, and local netball, softball, waka ama groups and Wellington Cricket. If given the green light, it could mean the configuration of the domain is altered and a ring-road put in. The $20,000 which was confirmed by Lotteries in the past fortnight will flesh out those issues and plenty of others, the chairman of the consortium s organising committee Mike Lovett says. It s great news, we re hoping the feasibility study will start soon. Everyone involved has to have their books open but we re off, it s very exciting. Mr Lovett says establishing a permanent and profes- sional administration for all the consortium members in one venue, will be considered by consultants, along with the burning question -- the likely cost. We re getting the serious work done now, setting up legal entities and having a professional body that can receive money. A close relationship with Porirua City Council, as the major landowner, has always been coveted, Mr Lovett says, and the consortium have got positive signals so far. The council s manager of Leisure Assets & Services, Karyn Stillwell, says while it has not provided any financial assist- ance to date, the council is happy to stay in contact and provide advice and guidance where possible. She admitted PCC was interested in the optimal configur- ation for the domain to best support sport and recreation there and may fund some work to help identify this. The proposal is in the very early stages and I see a huge amount of commitment and effort being put in already, which is reassuring. The sportsville and shared services approach is definitely the future direction of sports facilities so we support the outcomes that they are trying to achieve. Ms Stillwell says PCC is deliberating a new framework for the Shared Responsibility Scheme, which funds facilities on council land, with a decision likely in December. Until that is made, she is unable to comment on whether the Ngatitoa Domain proposal will be backed financially by the council. Mr Lovett says while the study will only consider how to bring the consortium members under one roof for now, they are open to further clubs and organisations coming on board. He hopes the feasibility study will be ready in January. Shaking the fat to a win Shaking it: Kapi Mana masters dance troupe Shake the Fat have caused an upset by scooping the overall prize at the national Dance New Zealand Made competition. From left, dancers Lisa Love, Sue Cayless, Carol Freeman, Christine Farnell and coach Sara Scott. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Winning a national all-ages title was not only a minor coup for a Kapi Mana masters dance team -- it took them com- pletely by surprise. The Shake the Fat dance group get together once or twice a week in Tawa and Porirua to have a laugh and work on dance routines, coach Sara Scott says. It s really just to have fun. The aim is to get women who have lapsed in the exercise department back up dancing, because they have had kids or gone back to work full time, or they may not be afford to go to the gym. Shake the Fat entered two masters teams into the national Dance New Zealand Made competition, held in Palmerston North from October 12 to 15.A small contingent which competed last year won the masters title and had so much fun that this year Ms Scott decided to take the whole troupe. This year the team s smaller group, made up of 11 more confident dancers aged from 35 to 62 years old, danced a cabaret number with canes to reclaim first place in the masters section. They then went on to dance in the overall team competition, thrilling the crowd and earning 10 marks out of 10 from four of the seven judges, which earned them the overall team prize. They had beaten 31 other amateur and professional teams from throughout the country. The team s larger second group, aged from 45 to 62 years old, also did well, claiming second place in the masters section. We have been practicing since March, Ms Scott says. I was determined we would look pro- fessional. I think it s great for people to see that older people who would never ever dance on the stage before... won against much younger teams. The classes have been like chicken soup for the soul for many of the women, Ms Scott says. The dancers have had their confi- dence boosted, got fit and lost weight, grown friendships, and generally found the classes a high point in the week. I had a rough year last year and went through chemotherapy, and the women are so supportive, and the dance is such good exercise and a good healer. The troupe now look forward to to defending both titles next year.
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