November 2017: Drone footage
Check out the drone footage(external link) of work underway at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. You can spot the hockey and athletics facilities in it.
September 2017: 3D renders finalised
The 3D designs of Ngā Puna Wai have been finalised and provide an aerial impression of what the completed sports hub will look like.
July 2017: Construction update
Construction is still underway on Stage 1 of the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, but significantly wetter than average weather over autumn and winter has unfortunately resulted in a delay to the programme. With the site experiencing heavy rains periodically every 5–7 days – a higher rainfall than we've seen in any recent autumn – the ground at Ngā Puna Wai has become saturated.
Our contractors have installed surface drains to help dry out the land, but ultimately we need to let nature take its course, which means letting fine weather and Nor’wester winds in spring dry out the land.
While our contractors are on standby to restart the earthworks should we get a window of fine weather, we’re cautiously moving the construction completion dates for elements of the sports hub back: the athletics track will open in March 2017 and the hockey pitches in May 2018.
April 2017: Early earthworks have started
Early earthworks have started on the Wigram Basin enlargement and Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Stage 1 projects, where nearly 200,000 cubic metres of gravel will be excavated from the Wigram Stormwater Basin extension and spread over the Ngā Puna Wai site.
This will save both projects $3–5 million by avoiding the need for material to be taken off-site. Rooneys Earthmoving Ltd is currently stripping off the topsoil ahead of the removal and transfer of the gravel.
February 2017: Athletics track out of the starting blocks
The countdown to the start of work on the new Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub started on 28 February 2017, with Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman joining Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to celebrate the imminent development of a long-awaited athletics track.
An afternoon of sports, speeches and sausage sizzles saw Mayor Dalziel gifted with contributions from Sport NZ, New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and SKY TV towards the Sports Hub. Read more(external link)(external link).
August 2016: Master Plan approved
A milestone was reached on Monday 15 August 2016 when the Master Plan was approved by the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Project Steering Group. The Master Plan is a revised version, following an independent peer review. It identifies the preferred locations for where everything will fit on the site and opens the door for the team to design the civil works (foundations, drainage, etc), sports surfaces and buildings.