Waimakariri Hockey Stadium Huge Success

Event organisers are describing the hosting of the Black Sticks as a massive success for the district. The weekend featured two games between the Vantage Black Sticks and USA, large crowds flocked to the Waimakariri Hockey Stadium on both days.

The Black Sticks themselves were praising the turf following their 3-2 win over the USA on Sunday, with coach, Mark Hager describing the facility as word-class.  “Fantastic facility, this is one of the world’s best… to have a surface like this in the Canterbury region is fantastic.”

HockeyGreenspace portfolio holder, Councillor Robbie Brine says the council’s approach to rebuilding facilities to an international standard is paying off.

“We’re not just going to put back what we had; we’re going to make it better because we are such a growth area...  let’s design for the future, let’s take a long-term view.”

The hockey turf is the latest addition in the Waimakariri’s ongoing improvement of its sporting facilities.  In 2014, installation of the Kendall Park artificial turf was completed - the full-sized turf is suitable for both soccer and rugby.  A third artificial turf is under consideration for Coldstream Road and the area is quickly becoming a sports hub, with Mainpower Oval, Maria Andrews, the Showgrounds and Rangiora Golf Club all nearby.

Robbie Brine believes that access to high quality sporting facilities is important to residents, especially for the district’s young people.  “There’s an old saying, ‘Kids who play sport, stay out of court’.  I want our kids coming down and getting out and about.  Not just hockey, there is cricket and soccer across the road, rugby down the road; it’s going to be a sports hub for Canterbury and the district… It’s really exciting.”

An indoor multi-court facility is also proposed for Coldstream Road.  The Waimakariri District Council has approved funding in the 2017/18 Annual Plan for further investigation of the proposal.