Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 17/07/2019 12:00 a.m.
They thought it wouldn’t happen, but it did happen. Some of the long-standing club members at Opuawhanga Tennis Club have been waiting a long time to get some essential work on the courts completed.
With three courts that needed resurfacing and wire fencing to be replaced, it was a daunting prospect.
The costs of these repairs, quoted at over $30,000 for just one court, were far beyond the club’s reach.
Like all rural communities, there are the people with the know-how and can-do to make things happen. With a bit of ‘thinking outside the box’ and thanks to generous donations of time and resources by club members and the community, Opuawhanga Tennis Club now has a resurfaced and fenced court – at a fraction of the cost. It is now a safer facility and much more pleasant to play on.
“Bringing our people together to work on a common goal and project was the most successful part. It has helped revive the club and strengthened our community,” said Club Secretary Martina Hofer.
“It was heartwarming to see how many people cared about our tennis club; how many people had a connection and a story to tell about their involvement. I am very proud to live in a community that works so well together and that pulled together to achieve such wonderful change.”
Opuawhanga Tennis Club play every Friday evening from October to April, and are on the Whananaki North Road. The club are very family orientated with lots of young children attending, and welcome players of all skill levels. You can contact Opuawhanga Tennis Club on 021 264 9201 (Martina) or 027 206 2303 (Dennis).
A Community Fund grant from Whangarei District Council helped the club to pool their resources and get this over the line.