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Streets Ahead Project

Streets Ahead Projects


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Project 6: New Basketball Hoops for Morgan Park

Have you noticed the new Basketball hoops at Morgan Park?! This new 3X3 Basketball area has been funded by the Waihi Community Forum, as part of its Streets Ahead scheme, and is the sixth Streets Ahead project for the Forum.
The Forum funded this project because the courts are close to Waihi East and will add to the Morgan Park Sports Hub development. Basketball is growing in popularity, particularly with our youth, and previously, the only courts available were at Waihi College or at Waihi Beach. These courts, created on the remaining stable netball courts, are for anyone to use, at any time, and we've noticed kids on the courts every day since it opened!
We'd like to thank Mark Skinner and the Sport 'n' Action team for allowing this latest project at Morgan Park. We'd also like to thank Warren Carter from Carters Contractors, who drilled the holes, concreted in the bases for the hoops (and let us use their Hiab to lift the hoops into position at no cost!) and Gary Samson, who helped attach the hoops. We'd also like to thank Hauraki District Council for tidying up the old damaged courts and OceanaGold Waihi for funding the Streets Ahead Scheme, which enables us to make improvements in Waihi East. Carpentry is the original Sweeney trade. I install and build custom cabinets, bookcases, fireplace mantels and more.

Project 5 Community Playground Merry-go-round repair at Waihi East School

The Waihi Community Forum was happy to fund the repair of the much-loved merry-go-round at the Waihi East School Community Playground, which was out of use for health and safety reasons.


Streets Ahead Project 2 - Waihi East Community Green Space

In partnership with Waihi East School, the Forum completed a fantastic new playground and free barbecue area for our community. Residents will be able to use the area for picnics, barbecues, birthday parties, social sports and more. See plans below.

During school hours 200 school children and children from our local Kindergarten will be able to enjoy these updated playground facilities. After school, at weekends and during school holidays, our community can enjoy these facilities too. Maintenance of the new green space will be taken care of by Waihi East School.

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Streets Ahead Project 1 - Home Improvement Grant

Over 2013/2014 residents in Waihi East were given an $850 grant for a home improvement project of their choice. Projects included fencing, painting, redoing driveways etc. As an alternative residents were also offered a basic starter solar panel package.

82% of the Waihi East community took part in the scheme, and remaining funds were rolled over for future Streets Ahead projects.




Project 4 Cherry Blossom Planting in Waihi East

In collaboration with the Cherry Blossom Society, the Waihi Community Forum funded the planting of Awanui Cherry Trees along Barry and Mataura Roads in Waihi East. These lower-growing and sterile trees are popular with bees and birds, bringing in Tuis and Wax-eyes. When flowering, they look good too.

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Streets Ahead Project 3 - Street Front Home Improvement Grant

Following on from the successful 2013/14 and 2015/16 Streets Ahead schemes in Waihi East,
the Forum announced its latest Streets Ahead project - a $300 Street Front Home Improvement grant -for each home in Waihi East. 

“We'd like to thank everyone who applied for the grant, "says Belinda Burke, WCF Chairperson. "We’re very happy with the number of applications we received, and have enjoyed driving around the area and looking at all the great work that has been done.” 

The Forum ran a competition for the best or most creative use of the grant, and was pleased to announce that Allison Leonard won a $1000.00 Mitre 10 voucher prize for further home improvements. The Forum could see that Allison really immersed herself in the challenge, doing much of the work herself. Being both creative and resourceful, she used the $300 to give her front fences a good tidy-up and to replace parts of her deck; reusing the old timber as borders for her garden beds (see pictures below). She also had a bit of fun with her garage, purchasing an old window on a local Buy/Sell/Swap page for $20 which she then sanded, painted and added to her garage wall, placing it over a picture of an island view: “I found heaps of inspiration on Pintrest, there are so many great ideas on there on how to do and make things for your garden really cheaply” she said. “someone on Pintrest had used old fence palings as artworks in their garden and I thought that was a great idea and did the same here.” She plans on using her prize to continue working on her garden and garage, If you or your group has an idea that could benefit Waihi East, we would love to hear from you. Please complete the Streets Ahead Project form and email it to: wcfinformation@gmail.com