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The Star: April 12, 2018


12 Thursday April 12 2018 Latest Christchurch news at The Star News $100m sports hub just months From winter, the first stage of Christchurch’s brand new sports hub will start to open. Bridget Rutherford finds out just how significant the new complex is, what it will have, and when everything will be up and running IT HAS been a long seven years for some Canterbury sports. Many have had a lack of quality facilities to use after the February 22, 2011, earthquake, some have suffered a decline in registrations, while others have had to travel out of Christchurch to train. But the end is in sight. The $100 million Nga Puna Wai sports facility between Middleton and Halswell will begin to open from July. It will be home to athletics, hockey, rugby league and a crucial hub for tennis. City council recreation services manager David Bailey said Nga Puna Wai would replace the athletics facilities at QE II, Porritt Park, Rugby League Park and aspects of Wilding Park. “Nga Puna Wai will be the South Island’s premier outdoor multi-sports facility.” What was once 32ha of Nga Puna Wai Reserve land has been developed into the sports hub, of which the Maori name means ‘many spring waters’, a reference to the nearby headwaters of the Heathcote River. Hockey will be the first to use the complex in winter, with two new water-based synthetic pitches and a covered spectator stand soon to open. Shared changing facilities and car parking will also be ready by then. It will be joined shortly after by athletics, when its 400m athletics track, field, covered seating, control tower, and throw and jump facilities are ready. The 12 outdoor acrylic tennis courts will be ready for the next tennis season over summer, and rugby league’s two sand-based fields, lighting, scoreboards and covered seating will be completed by next autumn. Meanwhile, a building for all codes with community rooms and flexible spaces, and two multi-purpose community fields are set to open next year. However, the work is weather dependent – last year, excessive SIGNIFICANT: David Bailey inspects the new athletics track and spectator stand at Nga Puna Wai. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER rain delayed progress. The multi-stage project has been in the pipeline since the four codes’ facilities were either damaged or destroyed after the quakes. The idea came about after the city council allocated $6.7 million in its 2012/13 Annual Plan to build an athletics track to replace QE II. It was then decided to combine it with other sporting codes. Public feedback was sought in 2014, and a concept plan was developed for the complex to be built on part of the 83ha Nga Puna Wai Reserve. Although 90 per cent of feedback was supportive of the development, there was some opposition. The loudest came from the Canterbury A & P Association, which used the site for parking and grazing during its annual show. It later withdrew its opposition. Construction on the first stage of the complex started in February last year. So far, $17.4 million has been spent, made up of money from the city council, philanthropic organisations, sports bodies, commercial entities and the Government. A further $1.6 million needs to be raised to finish the first stage. “We are confident that through our remaining philanthropic and commercial efforts, the outstanding balance will be found,” Mr Bailey said. Stage two is yet to be designed, but it is likely to include an additional hockey turf, secondary athletics track, covered tennis courts, administration space, more community facilities and playing fields. Mr Bailey said any further stages would need planning and fundraising before being committed to. Canterbury Hockey chief executive Rod Templeton said Nga Puna Wai would become the home of Canterbury Hockey. BUSH INN PROVEDORE INTERNATIONAL FOOD MARKET Opening 2019! Development at Bush Inn Centre continues! Briscoes Homewares will open in early 2019. The Provedore International Food Market will also open in early 2019. The Provedore is a genuine alternative to supermarkets - all the basic supermarket supplies plus much more. This international food market will have a range of local, international and specialist providers from New Zealand, South East Asia, India, The Mediterranean, The Middle East and Europe. Natural and healthy foods, speciality liquors, farmers market supplies, organic and gluten free. Fromagerie, Delicatessen, Bakery, Butchery and Seafood. JOIN “THE PROVEDORE” We are leasing now and want Craft Beers, Boutique Wines, Fruit and Vege, Organic products, Lollies, Pasta, Cheesecakes, Fish and seafood, Spices, Asian Supplies, Coffee Roasters. If you have an operation that will fit The Provedore contact us now. Sites are available from 30sqm- 1000sqm. Contact Development Manager Andy Bell to discuss this opportunity. Mobile 021 449 256 or

The Star Latest Christchurch news at Thursday April 12 2018 13 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk away from opening Nga Puna Wai’s stage one includes: Athletics – due to open in October •International standard 400m nine-lane athletics track •Grassed multi-use field area •Covered spectator seating for more than 300 people •Control centre with photo finish tower •Practice throw and jump facilities Tennis – due to open in summer •12 outdoor acrylic tennis courts Hockey – due to open in winter •Two International Hockey Federation water-based synthetic pitches •Covered 300-seat spectator stand He said the two water-based turfs were due to be finished in July. While the season had already started, they hoped to hold the finals’ weekend there in late August. “What we hope to do is utilise the turfs for representative practices, some tournaments and finals weekend.” There is no doubt hockey lacks Rugby league – due to open in autumn next year •Two sand-carpet grass fields with field lighting and scoreboards •Covered spectator seating for more than 550 people General facilities •Shared changing facilities and associated car parking will open in winter •Communal hub building for all codes to open next year •Two multi-purpose community fields to open in autumn next year Still to be confirmed stages •Additional hockey turf •Covered tennis courts •Administration space •Additional community facilities and car parking •Secondary athletics track the facilities to keep up with the growing demand, he said. “We like to have 600-800 players per turf. At the moment we have 12,000-14,000,” Mr Templeton said. “Three years ago we had four turfs, and at the end of this year we’re going to have seven turfs.” Porritt Park’s two turfs were demolished after the February IMPRESSIVE: An artist’s impression of what Nga Puna Wai will look like when the whole first stage is completed next year. 22, 2011, earthquake. Two extra turfs were built at Nunweek Park, Marist Park at St Bede’s College is available, while the Waimakariri Hockey Turf opened last year in Rangiora. Mr Templeton said having two more meant the game would “explode”, and hockey could be played at better times. “A brand, spanking new world-class hockey venue is going to be huge for us.” Nga Puna Wai could host professional league matches, Rod Templeton school competitions, such as the Federation Cup, National Hockey League matches and internationals, he said. Sharing the site with other sporting codes meant there was the chance of crossover, he said. Athletics Canterbury president Andrew Stark agreed. He said those playing winter codes could have a go at summer sports during the off-season and vice versa. “The closeness – that may inspire people to think ‘I’ll give that sport a go’.” He said the athletics area was expected to be ready for use by mid-October, but that was weather dependent. “I will be more excited when the whole project is complete.” Since QE II was destroyed, athletes has used the grass track at Rawhiti Domain, with other events scattered around the city. “It’s been seven years of hard toil. We’ve been based on a grass track, that’s going back to what it was like before the 1974 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Stark said. While the lack of facilities had not impacted on the success of Christchurch athletes at competitions, it meant participation numbers had dropped significantly, he said. Many had to go to Timaru to train or compete on a synthetic track, which put a lot of people off, he said. “We are hopeful the new track will bring people back to the sport, but there’s no guarantee.” Athletics Canterbury will install its own equipment costing up to $200,000, for which it needs to fundraise, he said. •Turn to page 14 How can we continue to live well in retirement? Arvida has begun a revolution that is transforming the ageing experience. We’re focused on the holistic wellbeing of each person, as well as providing clinical care. We support every individual to feel truly at home, to lead us with how they want to live daily and to feel they’re still part of things. We live in home environments, not institutions with rules and timetables. Residents enjoy the freedom to make their own choices and the smiles we see every day fuels our passion to do more. We have 12 Arvida villages in the Christchurch region, so be sure to visit us before you make a decision. 18570_STAR12_0418 The attitude of living well. 0800 278 432