New facility will meet growing demand

New facility will meet growing demand
The new North Harbour Hockey facility at Rosedale Park West will provide a permanent home for New Zealand’s national teams and will also be a world-class venue.

Work is progressing on the new North Harbour Hockey facility at Rosedale Park West, which is being relocated and upgraded on Auckland’s North Shore.
The facility is being expanded to accommodate the ongoing growth in hockey that has been experienced for several years, provide a permanent home for New Zealand’s national teams (the men’s and women’s Black Sticks) and will also be a worldclass venue for international events.
Plans for the expansion project were well under way when North Harbour Hockey 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 project will also extend the Northern Busway and create 7 kilometres of new walking and cycling paths to provide a much needed transport upgrade for the whole Albany and North Harbour community.
The new hockey facility is jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency, Harbour Hockey Charitable Trust and Auckland Council with contributions from several community grants.
The Transport Agency is also working with other affected parties, creating a new shared equestrian facility in Wainoni Park and a new BMX facility at Hooton Reserve for North Harbour BMX riders as part of the project.
North Harbour Hockey Chief Executive Riki Burgess says the centre will be built to International Hockey Federation (FIH) Tier 1 specifi cations, which means it is capable of hosting a World Cup tournament.
Four hockey turfs will be built around a two-storey pavilion, which will provide clubrooms, changing rooms and member facilities for the local community.
There will also be a new footbridge across Alexandra Stream connecting North Harbour Hockey’s existing sand turf located in Rosedale Park North. There will be covered seating for 450 people with capacity for larger special events when required.
He says when the facilities are not being used by the hockey community they will be made available for other sports for events such as school cluster days.
Organisations and businesses from the local area will also be able to use the pavilion’s spaces for meetings, seminars, and business networking events and workshops, as they currently do at North Harbour Hockey’s existing facility.
Harbour Hockey Charitable Trustee, Sharon Williamson, says that the current facility is already used by local organisations for around 120 hours each month and she expects this to increase with more available space.
“The new pavilion has a large meeting area as well as a large adjoining function room that can be reconfi gured into two or three smaller rooms.
“With several thousand members, we need a lot of space!  North Harbour Hockey also provides catering services if required,” she says. Earthworks started in April and construction of the new pavilion began in August.
The project is due for completion in 2020 and Sharon says that events have already been booked including hosting the FIH Hockey Pro League in early 2020, where both men’s and women’s Black Sticks teams will be playing against top ranked international sides.
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