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Other Coastlines - Stonefields
Written by Bernard Orsman, The New Zealand Herald   
Saturday, 22 November 2008

An unfinished park in the Stonefields development. Photo / Brett Phibbs

The ground at Volcanic Park at Stonefields is as hard as rock because of the warm weather and dry autumn winds.

New terrace and standalone homes surround the park. Several families have moved in, and Christmas decorations are out at an open home in Singleton Ave.

Residents should be looking out to a fountain, shade trees and stone paths on the gently sloping park. Instead, it's bare grass and hard, cracking soil.

One resident, who wanted to be identified only as Rebecca, moved into a four-bedroom brick terrace house with her two teenage daughters last week. She has received mixed messages about work starting on Volcanic Park. Initially it was before Christmas, now it was February, she said.

Landco has paid development contributions to the council to provide parks.

The new suburb caught her eye while she was taking her daughters to the nearby Auckland Netball Centre. She liked the masterplan concept and looking out her front window to a park with trees and birds.

It would have been good to have some plants in before summer, she said, but it was better than a pile of earth and gave children somewhere to kick around a ball.

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