In 2011 the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ destroyed the community’s surrounding sporting facilities, but not their hope or determination!
The Christchurch City Council decided they wouldn’t let this natural disaster affect the community’s opportunity to participate in sport. This was when the idea for once central location catering for many different sports including hockey, tennis, athletics was born.
Under the head contract of HEB Construction Ltd, Polytan installed the sports surfaces for 2 FIH Certified hockey pitches, 1 IAAF nine lane athletics track and 12 ITF tennis courts to create the Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub.
These high-quality elite sporting surfaces were manufactured by APT Asia Pacific in Australia at their ISO:9001 approved factory in Dandenong South, VIC.
The facility was awarded with the prestigious Alan Berry Achievement Award at the 2019 SportGroup Agent Conference. This award recognises sporting facilities that encourage those from grassroots to play and develop hockey on a local level.
The new Sports Hub has already held FIH Pro League matches, local hockey matches for the Canterbury Hockey Club and local athletics competition, as well as other local sporting initiatives.
The Cantebury Hockey Club are enjoying the new hockey pitch surfaces:
“It’s fantastic to see the hockey community back here and playing together. Reports on the facility have been absolutely awesome and we look forward to using it in its full capacity” – Chris Leslie, Former New Zealand hockey player & High-Performance Manager of Canterbury Hockey Club (CHC).
The Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub brings a new sense of hope and inspiration to the Christchurch community through sport.
Sport Surfaces Installed by Polytan: