The new National Hockey Centre in Rosedale, Albany, was proudly shown off on Friday 13th December as guests gathered to be welcomed and to witness the ribbon cutting opening ceremony of this world class facility. Not only was the centre's opening celebrated, but also the collaboration between NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency), Auckland Council and the North Harbour and national hockey organisations which worked together to quickly complete this outstanding project in just 18 months. Mayor Phil Goff and Minister of Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson were key guests. Both reflected on the important community partnerships in working towards improved roading infrastructure in the area, and the relocation and improved sporting facilities that also included the North Harbour BMX track and the equestrian centre. Children from North Harbour Under-13 teams tried out the new turf in a demonstration game with members of the Black Sticks. North Harbour Hockey will co-host New Zealand's first FIH Pro League matches in February at the new facility, and our young hockey players now have the best turfs to play on.