Eastern Sports and Community Recreation Incorporated have applied to Council for a lease and licence over parts of Rāwhiti Domain, with the aim of developing a set of spaces for sport and recreation activities in a specific location on Rāwhiti Domain.


Project status: Analysis & reporting
Open for feedback: 16th April 2018 - 18th May 2018
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Image of proposed open sided canopy building

Image of the proposed open sided canopy building, image courtesy of Creative intentions

Who are Eastern Community Sports and Recreation Incorporated?

Eastern Community Sports and Recreation Incorporated are comprised of a number of founding and affiliated members clubs:

  • New Brighton Cricket Club
  • New Brighton Netball
  • New Brighton Rugby Club
  • Parklands - Christchurch United Softball Club
  • Christchurch United Softball Club
  • Guardians of Rāwhiti 
  • New Brighton Radio Controlled Car Club
  • Christchurch Redbirds Baseball

Eastern Community Sports and Recreation Incorporated (ECSR) was established as a multisport club to support and deliver community based sporting and recreation programmes and services to the wider eastern area.  

ECSR operates with a paid staff, with support from a volunteer base, who deliver affordable recreation and coaching programmes and community support outcomes. Specifically for those in the eastern suburbs, to encourage involvement in local sport as well as healthy and active lifestyles.

This organisation was formerly known as Rāwhiti Community Sport and Recreation Incorporated. They were formed to bring New Brighton’s key sports clubs together under one roof. However they have evolved into an organisation that supports the community in many other ways by also providing:

  • Rāwhiti OSCAR sports holiday programme 
  • Rāwhiti OSCAR after school care
  • Kiwisport
  • Eastern Junior Touch
  • Pre School Programme
  • Eastern Sports Cluster
  • Eastern Senior Touch
  • Eastern Kids Biketober Day
  • Have a go
  • $2 pool at Rāwhiti School.

These types of activities and services are available to the local community, as well as pay for play leagues such as futsal and netball.  For more information on what ECSR are all about you can visit their website(external link).

Why are they requesting a lease and licence?

ECSR have applied to Council for a lease and licence over parts of Rāwhiti Domain with the aim of developing a set of spaces for sport and recreation activities in a specific location on Rāwhiti Domain, which is funded by ECSR.

What areas of the Domain are ECSR proposing to include?

Eastern Community Sports and Recreation Incorporated (ECSR) have requested the below lease and licence over a portion of Rāwhiti Domain, that is in a central location in the domain.

Leased area plan [PDF, 3.3 MB].

A lease over all four existing outdoor tennis courts

  • One existing court has already been re-surfaced and had lighting installed by ECSR.
  • Installation of a new multi-sport surface and new fencing on the remaining three courts.
  • Construction of a lightweight open-sided canopy building with additional lighting over three of the courts (north-south orientation). This canopy would create a year-round flexible multi-purpose facility, which could be played on in all weather.
  • Construction of the canopy building may be staged over one court at a time as funding permits.
  • There will always be at least one public court available for use at all times, except for when tournaments are taking place.
  • Provision will be made for South Brighton Tennis Club to continue their use of the courts, as per their previous licence.

Public Access 

Eastern Community Sport and Recreation want to fully utilise this area for Sport and Recreation that is why they would like to upgrade it significantly from what it is currently. This will mean ECSR will provide a range of activity. Providing free public access for more than just tennis is an important outcome of this project.

Tournaments and leagues

in both the canopy and single outdoor court area (e.g. netball, tennis, touch, korfball, cricket, other) activity will occur regularly in evening time slots, and on Saturday morning time slots, with the exception being 10 weeks of Friday afternoon use during winter for the Primary Schools Cluster Programme, where ECSR bring 1200 school children to the park.  At these time all courts (three under canopy and one outside canopy) will not be available for public use for tennis.

Tennis in the uncovered outdoor court area

At all other times (daytime, weekends in afternoons, all day Sunday) ECSR are committed to public availability for tennis on at least the one uncovered outdoor court.

Tennis in the Canopy area

At all other times when Tournaments, leagues, programmes and training are not running under the covered canopy courts ECSR will provide mobile nets for two of the three tennis court marked areas. Use will be free and will be based on first in basis. (This free use is under the canopy with new nets on properly marked synthetic courts).

ECSR intend not to lock off the area under the canopy as various users and uses should help self-police the area. This will provide significant time for casual tennis users to have tennis play under the canopy.  However, should vandalism become an issue ECSR will need to consider locking the area and then schedule times for free access.

ECSR will maintain the outside canopy in an unlocked condition permanently once the canopy area has been built.

Images of open sided canopy building [PDF, 6.9 MB].

A lease over the existing former tennis club building

Image of tennis courts that ECSR have previously upgraded

Existing court at Rāwhiti Domain that ECSR have resurfaced

  • ECSR would like to take ownership of the former tennis club pavilion building at the south end of the tennis courts and be granted a ground lease accordingly.
  • The inclusion of this area in the ground lease will be subject to the successful gifting of the building to ECSR.
  • If the gifting of the building is not approved by Council, the building will be leased to ECSR.

A lease over the existing sand volleyball court

  • ECSR would like the existing sand volleyball court included in their lease.
  • The court will be upgraded, and fenced off to prevent animals fouling it.