Putaruru Water Park. Putaruru. New Zealand.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Punga and Paua
S 38° 03.006 E 175° 46.806
60H E 392966 N 5787923
Quick Description: In the centre of Putaruru, the Putaruru Waterpark was officially opened on Saturday 20 April, 2002 by The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Helen Clark.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 5:03:43 AM
Waymark Code: WMH0PJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The town of Putaruru is located near the Blue Springs. The crystal clear spring water is bottled in town, and sold commercially, nationally and beyond, as "Pump" water. In fact, it is this small town that is the source of 60% of New Zealand's bottled water!

In the centre of the town where the main roads meet, the blue colours of the Putaruru Waterpark mimic the colours of Te Waihou spring. Around 5000 plants - all natives - are planted on site. The shape of the feature is similar to the curve of a ponga fern shoot. The Waterpark features two large mosaics. The people of Putaruru contributed directly to the paving surrounding the Putaruru Waterpark - many of the paving stones proudly display the names of the individuals, families and firms who contributed to this community landmark.

The inscription on the brass PLAQUE reads:
This Park
was officially opened by the
Prime Minister of New Zealand
on the
20th Day of April 2002.

The then NZ Prime Minister, Helen Clarke, opened the Park on Saturday 20 April, 2002.
A comment that was made afterwards, referring to the opening ceremony..."The moment she pushed the button and the water feature came into life, kids were drawn to the water like eels to play in the swirling pools and run up and down the boulders in the stream bed."

Helen Elizabeth Clark is a committed socialist and is the former Prime minister of New Zealand. She currently holds the position of Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme - the third highest position in the United Nations. She is, in addition, the chair of the United Nations Development Group.

She was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008 and the leader of the NZ Labour Party from 1998 to 2008.
What was opened/inaugurated?: Putaruru Water Park.

Who was that opened/inaugurated it?: The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Helen Clark.

Date of the opening/inauguration?: April 20, 2002

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