Coun­cil boost for stand

Te Puke Times - - SPORT -

West­ern Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil­will con­trib­ute $100,000 to­ward the new cov­ered grand­stand for Te Puke Sports.

The fund­ing is split be­tween the Te Puke Com­mu­nity Board ($60,000) and Coun­cil ($40,000).

The grand­stand project is part of the Te Puke Sports and Re­cre­ation Club’s vi­sion to be­come ama­jor sport­ing and cul­tural cen­tre for the Te Puke and sur­round­ing eastern re­gion.

Project co-or­di­na­tor Rick Hannay pre­sented a re­quest for $40,000 from Coun­cil to add to that al­ready pledged by the Com­mu­nity Board.

The club bought 350 seats from Christchurch’s for­mer Lan­caster Park sta­dium for use in the new grand­stand at the club’s Atu­aroa Ave ground. The seatswere shipped to the Port of Tau­ranga and were ‘sold’ in a spon­sor­ship fundraiser to start the grand­stand project.

Rick told Coun­cil the club was ama­jor or­gan­i­sa­tion in Te Puke po­si­tion­ing to cater for schools and com­mu­nity groups — in­clud­ing start­ing dis­cus­sions with an In­dian com­mu­nity group that is keen to use the fa­cil­i­ties for tour­na­ments.

“The in­clu­sive cul­ture of the club is a new di­rec­tion aimed at ex­pand­ing the di­ver­sity of the club for other com­mu­nity groups so that we can be­come a di­verse sport, cul­tural and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity,” said Rick.

He said the club had been vir­tu­ally self-fund­ing since it was es­tab­lished at the Atu­aroa Ave ground in 1978. Grant ap­pli­ca­tions have been made to TECT and Lot­ter­ies to help to­ward the to­tal grand­stand cost of $574,000 and Sport Bay of Plen­ty­will also be ap­proached for fund­ing.

Coun­cil­lors said it was com­mend­able how the club had gained sup­port from ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion in the wider com­mu­nity for the grand­stand project and the un­der­tak­ing de­served coun­cil sup­port.

The $40,000 from coun­cil­will be funded from the Gen­eral Rate Re­serve and the $60,000 from the com­mu­nity board­will come from the board’s Re­serve Fund.


Te Puke Sports of­fi­cials cel­e­brate the ar­rival of seat­ing from the old Lan­caster Park in Novem­ber 2017, with ship­ping, Ze­spri and Port of Tau­ranga rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The seats will be used to cre­ate a new grand­stand at the club’s Mur­ray Salt Sta­dium.

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