Grant tees up T-bars for makeover

GOING DOWN: The Manganui skifield’s T-bar system is getting its first overhaul in 35 years.
GOING DOWN: The Manganui skifield’s T-bar system is getting its first overhaul in 35 years.

The Manganui skifield's T-bar pylons are set for a major overhaul, thanks to a TSB Community Trust grant.

Stratford Mountain Club spokesman Rob Needs said the $52,670 grant has secured the skifield's future for the next 35 years.

The trust has completed its ninth funding round for the financial year and announced new grants of $567,600 paid out to 84 organisations and individuals.

A further 11 groups were pledged grants once they meet certain criteria.

Mr Needs said work on the T-bar would include removing, sandblasting and galvanising eight to 10 towers and all the accompanying equipment, and will cost about $92,000.

"The T-bar has been on the slope for approximately 35 years and it hasn't had a major overhaul of the towers in that time," he said.

"The mountain, believe it or not, is a dry environment so corrosion happens at a much slower rate."

Mr Needs said once the work was done all hardware should be set for another 35 years.

"It's a huge boost for the club because the T-bar, when we get enough snow, gives the greatest number of people the opportunity to ski locally."

Work is due to finish by April and the T-bars will be fully operational by the start of the ski season.

"Then we will be doing the snow dances so we can enjoy what will look no different."

Francis Douglas Memorial College and Norfolk School each received $25,500 to assist with their information technology costs this round.

Norfolk School will also be upgrading two playground areas.

This funding round over $125,000 was granted towards information technology to support student learning in Taranaki schools.

December Donations for the 2012/13 Financial Year

Community: Church Groups: St Andrews Parish - Inglewood $350, St Pauls Women's Fellowship $350. Country Women's Institute: Women's Institute - Riverlea $200. Fire Brigades: Urenui Volunteer Fire Brigade $700. Foodbanks: New Plymouth Community Foodbank $8000. Genealogy Groups: NZ Society of Genealogists - Hawera Branch $350. Guides & Scouts: Waitara Scout & Guide Hall Committee $14,200. Halls: Wharehuia Community Centre $350. Horticultural Groups: Hawera Floral Art Group $200. New Plymouth Bonsai Club $200. Miscellaneous: Women's Centre New Plymouth $2100. Parks/Gardens/Beautification Groups: Friends of Pukekura Park Inc $700. Pools: Opunake Community Baths Society $350. Probus: Combined Probus Club of New Plymouth $200. Senior Citizens: New Plymouth Senior Citizens Assn $700. WDFF: Rural Women Mahoe $200.

Cultural: Ethnic Group: Netherlands Society - Taranaki $350. Miscellaneous: Living Harmony $350, Taranaki Harmony Chorus $350. Music Groups: Ars Nova Choir $500, New Plymouth Sequence Dance Club $350, Te Kaumatua Kaunihera O Te Atiawa Nui Tonu $700.

Education: Centennials: Ratapiko School & District 125th Jubilee $5000. Computer Groups: Senior Net - Stratford $700. Kindergarten: Brooklands Kindergarten $700, Devon Kindergarten $18,000, Koromiko Kindergarten $700, Ngamotu Kindergarten $700, Orapa Kindergarten $700, South Taranaki Free Kindergarten Assn $700, Tawhiti Kindergarten $700. Miscellaneous: ACE Taranaki Charitable Trust $4200, Taranaki Environmental Education Trust $700. Playcentre: Awatuna & District Playcentre $400. Schools: Francis Douglas Memorial College $25,500, Huiakama School BoT $2100, Makahu School BoT $2100, Mimi School $2100, New Plymouth Boys' High School $4200, Norfolk School BoT $25,000, Oakura School BoT $2100, Pembroke School $20,000, Rawhitiroa School BoT $2100, St Joseph's School New Plymouth $21,000, Tawhiti School BoT $2100, Uruti School BoT $2100, Waitara Central School $27,000, Waitoriki School $18,000.

Health: South Taranaki Medical Trust $200,000.

Individuals: Education: Keari Harvey - Education $500. National Development Squad: Corey Peters - Basketball $500, Iritana Hohaia - Basketball $500, Katherine Banks - Basketball $500, Katie Linn - Basketball $500, Katie Rudd - Dance $500, Kianai-Mayy Thomas-Moore - Basketball $500, Kyle Van Der Merwe - Athletics $500, Matthew O'Connell - Basketball $500, Nico Hill - Basketball $500, Simone Cook - Basketball $500, Tui Karena - Basketball $500. National Representative: Angela Caldwell - Tae Kwon Do $1500. Overseas Exchange Student: Bryony Jameson - AFS Exchange Student $500, Charlotte Hopkirk - AFS Exchange Student $500.

Projects: Community Facilitation: Bishops Action Foundation. $9,000, Clifton Park $5543.58

Sporting: Athletic/Sports Clubs: Oakura Junior Sports Club $2100, Opunake Athletic Club $400, Peringa Park Sports Club Inc $400. Badminton: Central Badminton Club $400. Bridge: Stratford Bridge Club $400. Cricket: Midhirst Cricket Club $400, Stratford Cricket Club $400. Croquet: West End Croquet Club $400. Elite Athletes: Taranaki Elite Athlete Foundation $25,000. Gymnasiums/Fitness: St James' Keep Fit Club $400. Netball: Ahititi Rebels Netball Club $400. Rugby: Inglewood United Rugby Football Club $400. Skiing: Stratford Mountain Club $52,670. Squash: Okato Squash Club $400. Swimming: Stratford Amateur Swimming Club $400.

Welfare: Hearing Problems: Parents of Deaf Children Taranaki Inc $700. Miscellaneous: New Plymouth Community Services Centre $26,086.96 Support Groups: Supporting Families In Mental Illness - Taranaki $12,850.

Taranaki Daily News