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Ngā Puna Wai in full play for May

It's been fantastic to see our region's sporting communities in action this month as we continue to welcome a new generation of sports enthusiasts to Ngā Puna Wai.

The venue is proving its versatility as an all-season sporting hub with a busy timetable of events and activities scheduled for the colder months.

With winter on the horizon, there's no better time to check out Ngā Puna Wai and try your hand at the various sports on offer at this fabulous new facility.

Women encouraged to 'have a go' this winter

Codes from across Canterbury and beyond have heard the call of Ngā Puna Wai; the city’s new sporting home that is a hub of diversity and ‘having a go.’

Every Wednesday evening through winter, Canterbury Australian Rules Football holds training sessions on the inner field of the athletics track.

For the Wednesday sessions, a team of coaches offers encouragement and skill sessions, free of charge, to women interested in ‘having a go’ and trying a social sport, under lights, on a world-class turf. Read more here.

ITF Recognition for Ngā Puna Wai's tennis facilities

Ngā Puna Wai is one step closer to hosting Wimbledon after our brand new tennis courts were endorsed by the International Tennis Federation earlier this month.

Ngā Puna Wai's twelve outdoor acrylic tennis courts tennis have received ITF One Star Certification, a fantastic milestone for the project.

Team approach leaves lasting legacy

Together with our sporting partners, we've been shaping our new sporting home and creating a powerful legacy. One of these approaches involved planting over 1000 native plants - and the legacy may grow forever.

Last month, Christchurch City Council’s Sport and Recreation team, Parks unit and Sport Canterbury joined Canterbury Rugby League for an afternoon planting out the rugby league embankment at Ngā Puna Wai. Read more here.

We're on track

Most of the major build is now complete with a few tweaks remaining here and there.

Landscaping and Rugby League progress:

  • The majority of the landscaping works are now complete with some residual smaller areas to be completed by the end of June 2019.
  • The grow-in period for RL1 & RL2 fields has taken a little longer than expected due to weather conditions. We expect these will be ready for play by 10 June 2019.
  • We're putting some finishing touches on the Rugby League Covered Seating and aim to have these complete by mid June 2019.