Background and aims
The destructive 2010 - 2011 Canterbury earthquakes severely damaged much of Christchurch’s sporting infrastructure. This included the main track and field, hockey and tennis facilities being damaged beyond repair.
Council staff investigated possible replacement locations for these facilities before arriving at their preferred option, a joint sports hub at Nga Puna Wai - 83 hectares of land beside Canterbury Agricultural Park in southwest Christchurch.
Following initial communication about the proposal, there were early supportive signals from the sports and recreation community, while some concerns were raised by those with interest in the Canterbury Agricultural Park which hosts the largest annual Canterbury event, the A&P Show, which attracts around 100,000 visitors over three days each November.
To inform its decision to proceed or not with the proposal, the Christchurch City Council consulted with its citizens for eight weeks from October to December 2014.
The Council received 685 submissions from individuals and organisations on the Nga Puna Wai sports hub proposal and draft changes to the Canterbury Agricultural Park management plan.