East and Bays Courier : October 10th 2012
www.eastandbayscourier.co.nz 4 EAST & BAYS COURIER, OCTOBER 10, 2012 NEWS Airtech is a medium sized, family owned air conditioning and refrigeration company based in Auckland. Airtech has been providing air conditioning and refrigeration services for over 20 years, so you know that you're dealing with a company that has the knowledge and experience to do the job right, first time. As an accredited installer of quality Hitachi Heat Pumps Airtech is able to assist you in finding the perfect Heat Pump for your space and install it with an industry leading Six Year Warranty. Hitachi RAS-25YHA3, 3.4kW Heating Heat Pump - Hot Deal Price * Installed back to back - conditions apply. Offers expire 31st October 2012. Hitachi RAS-50YHA3, 6.1kW Heating Heat Pump - Hot deal Price $1,699 Incl. GST installed* $2,399 Incl. GST installed* The experts you can trust 09 376 7021 www.airtech.net.nz For a free no obligation quote call our Airtech team on 09 376 7021, visit our centrally located showroom at 3 Williamson Avenue, Ponsonby. www.airtech.net.nz Bring your Perfect Day Inside Designer living childhood dream It is somewhat serendipitous that a man named Jason Parkes ended up designing skateparks. Reporter Danielle Street sat down for coffee with him to hear how it came about. DAILY GRIND Premium designs: Jason Parkes designed and built Owairaka skate park which features obstacles taken from real street spots. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Jason Parkes' career path was written on the wall from an early age. He started skating at five years old and a decade later he was building backyard ramps out of scraps of wood found on the side of the road. I started progressing and building my own ramps because there was nothing else. When we started getting right into it in the late 80s the council weren't providing anything, so I had to build my own ramps,'' the Hillsborough resident says. In 1994 Parksie'' decided to pack his boards and move to the United States where the skating scene was really taking off. While in San Diego he met like-minded people, was given free gear and taken on tour as a skateboarder. Then I came back and New Zealand was behind the rest of the world, so I thought I might as well try and do something for skateboarding and get some facilities going,'' he says. There were people over here that were building skateparks who had no idea . . .Isawtherewasaneedfor a skateboarder to be actually building skateparks and not just some old dude.'' And so in 1998 Premiere Skate Designs was born. Nowadays, business is cranking and Mr Parkes is set to build two skateparks simultaneously -- one in Hast- ings and the other in Leeston, just outside of Christchurch. As well as building skate- parks Mr Parkes and his col- league Richard Smith do a lot of design work. Their portfolio of parks runs across the country and includes Queenstown Skate Plaza and Bowl and Mangawhai Skate Park. They have also designed parks for Australia's Gold Coast. It's a learning process as you go, you've got all these ideas and just wanna put them down on paper and then build them. They're basically dreams. You want to see them happen and you want to skate them.'' The pair are on a mission to make each skate park bet- ter than the last, and implement unique shapes and textures to their designs. They were the first com- pany to introduce brick- styled banking into their parks, which lends certain authenticity to the terrain. The variety of their parks reflects the changes skate- boarding has gone through over the decades, Mr Parkes says. In the 80s it was all kind of ramp styles, in the early 90s it was street skating. Now it's all gone full circle and it's everything -- bowl, ramp, street -- all kind of mashed up together. Kids are just skating everything really amazingly.'' Mr Parkes believes that well-designed skateparks are a credit to the community. If it's done right it's a really good asset. If it's a bad skate park, it's a big waste of money and it's not going to get used to its full potential.'' The Owairaka Street Plaza is a prime example of a well- used skatepark and is often full to the brim with kids. The 390 square metre park features a number of obstacles that have been taken from real street spots. When you're a little kid, allyouwanttodoisgotothe skatepark every day, you live there,'' Mr Parkes says. Go to premiumskate designs.co.nz.
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