2015 a busy year for Te Rau­paraha Arena

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Te Rau­paraha Arena em­pha­sised through­out 2015 why it is the city’s premier venue for sports and events.

Recre­ation man­ager Wille Tau­rima said things had moved up a notch in 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to Porirua City Coun­cil fig­ures, just un­der 200,000 users went through the arena.

With two gyms, func­tion rooms, a dance stu­dio, the­atre, Arena Fit­ness and the Aquatic Cen­tre – plus its cen­tral lo­ca­tion and free park­ing – the arena has been im­mensely pop­u­lar since it opened in 2008.

Events held at the Arena in 2015 in­cluded sev­eral Pulse matches in the trans-Tas­man com­pe­ti­tion net­ball, the Sil­ver Ferns tak­ing on Fiji, con­fer­ences, con­certs, wed­ding and home shows, fes­ti­vals, din­ners and awards events.

Tau­rima said the arena had hit new tar­gets and that the goal for 2016 was to at­tract even more users.

Stand­out events at the arena in­cluded the Porirua 50th an­niver­sary awards din­ner and the fu­neral of All Black leg­end Jerry Collins.

The an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions were held on Oc­to­ber 3, 50 years af­ter Porirua was de­clared a city.

The city proudly showed how far it had come in a high-qual­ity func­tion and the crowd of more than 650 hon­oured 50 of the city’s most gen­er­ous res­i­dents or cou­ples.

The Jerry Collins fu­neral on June 17 drew a near-ca­pac­ity crowd who farewelled the big man in an emo­tional oc­ca­sion. Sev­eral All Blacks, in­clud­ing such greats as Richie McCaw, Tana Umaga and Dan Carter, were present.

The three-hour fu­neral had mov­ing and of­ten hu­mor­ous trib­utes from close fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

The Porirua Sports Awards were a hit and hon­oured home­town sports achiev­ers such as Marama Elk­ing­ton, Daniel Hil­lier and Ngarama Mil­ner-Olsen.

Stage Chal­lenge was hosted by Aotea Col­lege at the arena. Schools and fam­i­lies from around the Welling­ton re­gion at­tended.

The Min­istry of Cheer cen­tral cheer cham­pi­onships were an­other high­light, with more than 1000 ath­letes tak­ing part.

Polyfest in July was as pop­u­lar as ever, and the se­nior rock’n roll na­tion­als in Oc­to­ber drew huge crowds.

Hosted by the Kapi Mana Rock’n Roll club, the na­tion­als also co­in­cided with the club’s 30th birth­day.

The na­tion­als was a three day event that saw dancers from all over New Zealand com­pete, in­clud­ing Porirua’s own Bex Pine.

Jerry Collins’ fu­neral ser­vice at Te Rau­paraha Arena in June.

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