New part­ner for fit­ness cen­tre

EIT In­sti­tute of Sport and Health finds lo­cal back­ing

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Roys­ton Hos­pi­tal in Hast­ings is the nam­ing rights part­ner for a Com­mu­nity Health and Fit­ness Cen­tre and as­so­ci­ated out­doors Com­mu­nity Fit­ness Trail that will be an in­te­gral part of the new EIT In­sti­tute of Sport and Health at the Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Sports Park in Hast­ings.

The cen­tre, called the EIT In­sti­tute of Sport and Health, is be­ing built, owned and op­er­ated by the Hawke’s Bay Com­mu­nity Fit­ness Cen­tre Trust.

The trust is a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion with gov­er­nance rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Eastern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (EIT), Sport Hawke’s Bay, Hawke’s Bay Sports Events and Ed­u­ca­tion Con­sor­tium and in­de­pen­dent trustees in­clud­ing Trust chairan Sir Graeme Avery.

Dr Jonathan Cole­man, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Acu­ity Health Group, which owns Roys­ton Hos­pi­tal, said they were proud to be sup­port­ing the in­sti­tute in a 10-year part­ner­ship agree­ment.

“The mil­lion-dol­lar sup­port demon­strates our strong com­mit­ment to the Hawke’s Bay com­mu­nity and helps us to en­gage with the com­mu­nity to pro­mote bet­ter health and well­be­ing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing our own staff, pa­tients and their fam­i­lies,” Dr Cole­man said.

“The in­vest­ment will en­sure the cen­tre can of­fer en­gag­ing in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity-level pro­grammes to make be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive eas­ier. A health­ier pop­u­la­tion means so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the en­tire Hawke’s Bay re­gion and we’re de­lighted to be part of that.”

The gen­eral man­ager of Roys­ton Hos­pi­tal, Denise Prim­rose, said the hos­pi­tal was ex­cited to be as­so­ci­ated with “such a pos­i­tive ini­tia­tive for our Hawke’s Bay com­mu­nity”.

“Roys­ton Hos­pi­tal has a his­tory of strong com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and fol­lows a part­ner­ship ap­proach to en­gage di­rectly with the com­mu­ni­ties within which we work.”

The Roys­ton Health Trust has also stepped on board as a fund­ing part­ner of the in­sti­tute, with its pri­mary as­so­ci­a­tion be­ing with the re­search fo­cus of Hawke’s Bay Com­mu­nity Fit­ness Cen­tre Trust.

The Roys­ton Health Trust is a ma­jor cap­i­tal fun­der as well as fun­der of re­search.

Stuart Sig­nal, a trus­tee of the Roys­ton Health Trust, said it had a wide-rang­ing brief to ap­ply its funds for health-re­lated ini­tia­tives, prefer­ably with projects of some scale.

“The vi­sion of Sir Graeme Avery in pro­mot­ing the in­sti­tute fits well with these ob­jec­tives.

“The trust is cur­rently sup­port­ing a pro­ject to de­sign a longer-term re­search study into obe­sity in­ter­ven­tion. Con­cur­rently, healthy phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and nutri­tional ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes are be­ing pi­loted in lo­cal pri­mary schools. The trust would ex­pect these ini­tia­tives to pro­vide mean­ing­ful guid­ance on ef­fec­tive mea­sures to im­prove com­mu­nity health and well­be­ing.”

One of the early sup­port­ers in get­ting the pro­ject off the ground was Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil, which has com­mit­ted $4 mil­lion fund­ing in sup­port of the pro­ject. Hast­ings mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst said the coun­cil was proud to sup­port the new in­sti­tute.

“This fa­cil­ity and its pro­grammes are unique to our re­gion. It will be avail­able to the wider com­mu­nity and will make a huge con­tri­bu­tion to sport and recre­ation in Hawke’s Bay.

“The pro­ject will be trans­for­ma­tional for Hawke’s Bay. We sup­port this en­deav­our to ben­e­fit our peo­ple and we are proud to back this ini­tia­tive which will help our peo­ple over­come bar­ri­ers to join­ing in so­cial, recre­ational and sports ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

EIT has the nam­ing rights to the new cen­tre and Prof Natalie Waran, the ex­ec­u­tive dean for the Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man­i­ties and Health Sci­ence and chair­woman of One Wel­fare, said EIT saw the es­tab­lish­ment of the new in­sti­tute as a way for it to de­velop a greater reach to find meth­ods for ad­dress­ing re­gional health chal­lenges.

“The EIT In­sti­tute of Sport and Health ex­pands EIT’s ac­tiv­i­ties by cre­at­ing an­other learn­ing fa­cil­ity/lo­ca­tion for stu­dents and for our com­mu­nity.

“Stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop through pro­ject-based learn­ing which in­cludes be­ing in­volved with run­ning qual­ity com­mu­nity health and ex­er­cise pro­grammes and by con­duct­ing com­mu­ni­ty­cen­tred re­search that will help im­prove the health and well­be­ing of Hawke’s Bay peo­ple,” she said.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the new In­sti­tute of Sport and Health pro­vides stu­dents with a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to learn in a real-world en­vi­ron­ment work­ing closely with dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple, tack­ling real com­mu­nity health and well­ness is­sues and tak­ing ad­van­tage of work­ing along­side ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tion­ers from dif­fer­ent back­grounds,” Prof Waran said.

The nam­ing part­ner of the In­door Sports and Recre­ation Hall is lo­cal su­per­mar­ket Hast­ings Pak’nSave.

Owner Op­er­a­tor Bren­don Smith said when Sir Graeme ap­proached him about sup­port­ing the pro­ject, “it ticked all our boxes”.

“We are al­ready heav­ily in­vested in the com­mu­nity through lo­cal schools and have sup­ported net­ball for about 12 years, so the vi­sion Sir Graeme had for lo­cal schools, in terms of ed­u­ca­tion, eat­ing well and get­ting them into reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and sport, is pretty much what we want to do.

“I am just look­ing for­ward to the fa­cil­ity get­ting go­ing and wish other peo­ple would get in be­hind it and con­trib­ute fund­ing to it. It is go­ing to be a world class fa­cil­ity.”

Mr Smith said his Hast­ings Pak’nSave planned to have fur­ther in­volve­ment in the in­sti­tute be­yond the ini­tial nam­ing rights fund­ing of $1m.

“The trust is look­ing at putting on a bus to get kids to the pro­grammes.

“I have in­di­cated that I am really keen on ei­ther buy­ing a bus for the fa­cil­ity or pay­ing for the run­ning of it.”

An­other key part of the in­sti­tute is an ac­com­mo­da­tion hos­tel, which will host school groups, sports teams and in­di­vid­u­als par­tic­i­pat­ing in pro­grammes at the fa­cil­ity. Mak­ing this pos­si­ble is owner of the Blue­wa­ter Ho­tel in Napier and en­tre­pre­neur Rod­ney Green.

The new hos­tel will be called the Rod­ney Green Hos­tel.

“I have sup­ported sev­eral other ini­tia­tives over the years and I just love giv­ing back to the peo­ple of Hawke’s Bay who have sup­ported my busi­nesses dur­ing my ca­reer,” Mr Green said.

He said he was ex­cited about the new in­sti­tute be­cause it would be a ma­jor mo­ti­va­tor for health and fit­ness, par­tic­u­larly among the chil­dren of the re­gion.

“I am cer­tain we will see the ben­e­fits very quickly. It is not just a fit­ness and healthy eat­ing thing, it is a men­tal ben­e­fits thing as well.”

Mr Green said he was con­tribut­ing $1m ini­tially but was pre­pared to help with more in the fu­ture.

Sir Graeme said the pro­ject would not have been pos­si­ble without the sup­port of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see such wide­spread lo­cal sup­port be­cause it shows that these or­gan­i­sa­tions care for the Hawke’s Bay com­mu­nity and want to see the health and well­be­ing of our peo­ple, es­pe­cially our chil­dren, im­prove through the wide range of pro­grammes that will be avail­able, in­clud­ing at satel­lite fa­cil­i­ties in Waipuku­rau, Flaxmere, Maraenui and Wairoa.

“I was struck by the ea­ger­ness of our fund­ing part­ners to get in­volved and the gen­uine ex­cite­ment they have in play­ing a role in im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity,” Sir Graeme said.

The trust’s op­er­a­tions and com­mer­cial man­ager, Bren­don Rope, said the back­ing of the part­ners meant the fo­cus could now be on work­ing to­wards the open­ing of the in­sti­tute next June and en­sur­ing that its pro­grammes would run well and that it would be a com­mer­cial suc­cess.

“There is a lot of work to do to get ready for open­ing. We are all ex­cited about this ven­ture and look for­ward to see­ing our fa­cil­ity as a hub for sport, health and well­be­ing ex­cel­lence,” Mr Rope said.

When the EIT In­sti­tute of Sport and Health is com­pleted, it will be a world-class re­gional fa­cil­ity, sup­ported by an on-site Sports Medicine cen­tre and the EIT sports sci­ence re­search lab.

“It will be without par­al­lel in re­gional New Zealand,” said Sir Graeme.

Roys­ton Hos­pi­tal is the nam­ing rights part­ner for a Com­mu­nity Health and Fit­ness Cen­tre and as­so­ci­ated out­doors Com­mu­nity Fit­ness Trail.

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