• Cutting the ribbon at the National Hockey Centre.
  • Margaret Miles, Minister of Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson, Lisa Whyte, Erica Stanford.
  • Avan Polo, Tom Smith, Ian Francis, Audry McLaren.
  • Sharon Williamson, Peter Miskimmin, Paul Morrison.
  • Patrick Conlon, Sandeep Singh, Isabella Vermunt, Sihang Cai, Sandrine Ramaye, Ehsan Askarany.
  • Pam Elgar, Riki Burgess, Sue Brewster, Catherine Drayton, Hilary Poole,
  • Grant Robertson, Dean Ellwood, Ian Francis.
  • Mayor Phil Goff.
  • North Harbour U13 reps try out the new turf.

World class National Hockey Centre opens in Albany

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.

Issue 106 February 2020