NZCT awarded Harbour Hockey Charitable Trust (HHCT) $400,000 towards the overall building and turf costs of the National Hockey Centre at Rosedale Park. When completed the new facility will enable the growth of hockey nationally, regionally and in the local community.
In 2014, the HHCT entered a partnership with North Harbour Hockey, Hockey New Zealand and Sport New Zealand to upgrade and expand the facility at Auckland's Rosedale Park South and create a National Hockey Centre.
Trustee and Deputy Chair of HHCT, Sharon Williamson says plans for the expansion project were well under way when they learned the whole facility had to be relocated as part of the Northern Corridor Improvements project. This is to make way for the new motorway connection between SH18 and SH1 which will be built at the existing hockey site. The new motorway will provide a much-needed transport upgrade for the whole Albany and North Harbour community.
"Following a huge effort over the past two-and-a-half years by many volunteers, who worked tirelessly with Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency to find a new site, we now have a new location at Rosedale Park West on Bush Road," says Sharon. “The new National Hockey Centre will provide the expanded and enhanced community facilities needed to grow the sport throughout New Zealand.”
NZCT's generous grant goes towards the hockey facility which is jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency, Harbour Hockey Charitable Trust and Auckland Council with contributions from Sport New Zealand and several community grants. "The two-storey pavilion will be built to accommodate the growing use of the facility. We estimate that after the facility is complete, it will have more than 15,000 visits per week in peak season. The new and upgraded turfs will allow more hockey to be played by more people, as well as being able to be used for other sports and events in off-peak times."
Construction has started and will take around 14 months. It is expected to be completed in late 2019. Laying of the new turfs will also begin later this year and is scheduled to be completed towards the end of 2019.
"It will not only be New Zealand's largest hockey facility, its artificial playing fields and pavilion will also be accessible to the wider community. In addition to being a regional hub for North Harbour, it will be the home of the national high-performance programme, and a venue for world-class international hockey events," ends Sharon.