Eden Park beck­ons for Parker

The Leader (Nelson) - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - TIM O'CON­NELL

Nel­son’s Leah Parker is about to ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent kind of test match fever as her event man­age­ment skills go un­der the high ball at New Zealand’s home of rugby.

Parker re­cently won an En­ter­tain­ment Venues As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand (EVANZ) schol­ar­ship to work along­side Eden Park’s op­er­a­tions man­ager Keith Parker and his team to de­liver the All Blacks June 9 test match against France.

As part of the schol­ar­ship Parker will be in­volved with a va­ri­ety of roles in the prepa­ra­tion and stag­ing of the test, in­clud­ing, cater­ing ser­vices, se­cu­rity, op­er­a­tions, main­te­nance, grounds team and health and safety.

She will also be in­vited to all match brief­ings, meet­ings and eval­u­a­tions with New Zealand Rugby.

EVANZ is the peak body rep­re­sent­ing the venue in­dus­try in New Zealand with a mem­ber­ship of 120 venues na­tion­ally.

Parker cur­rently works as the book­ings and pro­grammes co­or­di­na­tor at Nel­son Com­mu­nity Venues which over­see Nel­son’s Trafal­gar Cen­tre and Sta­dium.

‘‘I am ex­cited to be selected for this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to learn from the Eden Park op­er­a­tions team, this will be a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence to draw from as I grow in my role here at Nel­son Com­mu­nity Venues,’’ she said.

Com­mu­nity Leisure Man­age­ment (CLM) part­nered with Nel­son City Coun­cil in 2017 to man­age Nel­son Com­mu­nity Venues, which in­cludes the Trafal­gar Cen­tre.

CLM chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Carter was thrilled with Parker’s se­lec­tion, high­light­ing the nu­mer­ous ben­e­fits from at­tend­ing the match.

‘‘At CLM we are very proud of Leah and work she is do­ing across Nel­son’s venues and be­lieve the schol­ar­ship will only en­hance Leah’s skill set, which will fur­ther ben­e­fit the Nel­son com­mu­nity in the long run.’’

Lo­cated in the Auck­land sub­urb of Kings­land, Eden Park is New Zealand’s largest sta­dium.

It has played host to some of New Zealand’s proud­est sport­ing mo­ments, in­clud­ing the 1950 Em­pire Games, in­au­gu­ral 1987 Rugby World Cup and 1992 Cricket World Cup.

More re­cently, the venue hosted the semi-fi­nals and the fi­nal of Rugby World Cup 2011, won by the All Blacks, and was named co-host for Cricket World Cup 2015.

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