October 2018: First athletes welcomed
About 2000 athletes, spectators and officials gathered at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub on October 20 for the official opening of the athletics track and field. It was great day and fantastic to see the athletes using these world-class facilities for training and racing.
August 2018: Athletics and hockey turfs finished
There's been plenty of reason to celebrate at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub this month with international certification of the hockey turfs and completion of the athletics track. We’re looking forward to getting international certification of the track this month so it will be ready for the season start in October. This is a huge milestone, given the delay we faced with the vandalism in May and it’s thanks to the hard work of our contractors that we are able to be at this point so quickly.
You may have seen us in the news over the last few days as well, following on from our media visit on Wednesday 9 August. Check out our video showcasing the completed athletics and hockey facilities!
June 2018: Truck deliveries along McMahon Drive
McMahon Drive is being used as a back-up delivery route for gravel being transported from Lancaster Park to Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub from mid June 2018-August 2018. We are transporting 20,000m3 of gravel from underneath the demolished Tui Stand at Lancaster Park to be used at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. This is an attempt to minimise delays to the programme caused by recent wet weather. The majority of deliveries will continue to come through our main access route at A&P showground entrance. However, there are certain times when events are happening at the park that we are unable to use this route. In this instance McMahon Drive will be used. Residents living along McMahon Drive have been advised.
May 2018: Athletics track vandalised
Vandalism of the athletics track has delayed its opening for the winter season.
March 2018: New Zealand track and field championship announcement
Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub has been named as the venue for the 2019 New Zealand Track and Field Championships. Watch world champion shot putter Tom Walsh break the great news!
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 five to seven 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).
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.