Article re-printed courtesy of The Northern Outlook, October 12, 2018
Getting kids off devices and outdoors to play can be a difficult task for parents. Now for the first time in New Zealand there is something that just might do the trick.
It all began nine years ago, when Christchurch born brothers Shane and Marc Roberts built a backyard monkey bar that was free-standing and a hit with the kids.
Shane had fulfilled his fiveyear-old daughter’s dream and Uncle Marc had given a helping hand.
What followed in 2011 was the creation of start-up company, Funky Monkey Bars, in Perth Western Australia where Shane had settled with his family.
Now Marc and his wife Jane have brought the idea back with them to New Zealand and are the country’s only New Zealand distributors of Funky Monkey Bars, which they are selling them from their Waikuku Beach distribution centre.
‘‘The bars are manufactured in Perth, Australia since 2011and this is the first time they have been available to New Zealanders, which is really exciting,’’ Jane Roberts said.
To give people an idea of what Funky Monkey Bars are, the couple will be showing them at the Rangiora A&P Show.
‘‘People who come down to see us and test out the monkey bars can also enter into our competition to win ‘‘The Original’’ monkey bar,’’ Jane said.
The winner of the competition will be drawn on Saturday, 17 November 2018.
There are a number of different options available when it comes to the equipment with an option to suit all children and budgets.
‘‘It’s an exciting times for us to introduce free-standing, height adjustable, portable monkey bars that will not rust and will get New Zealand kids outdoors.
‘‘There is an epidemic of children spending too much time inside on their devices, so we are thrilled to be selling these monkey bars to help parents get kids outdoors.
See them at the Rangiora A&P Show.