Saturday, July 13, 2024

One stadium for Christchurch

Canterbury’s multi-use arena, Te Kaha, will be known as One New Zealand Stadium, Christchurch City Council has announced.

One New Zealand has been announced as the naming rights sponsor of the $683 million, 30,000-seat arena by Council’s venue and event management company, Venues Ōtautahi.

The partnership will span 10 years from 2026-36.

“We are thrilled to announce One New Zealand as Venues Ōtautahi’s naming rights partner for Te Kaha. This partnership is a testament to our shared commitment to creating a venue reflecting the best of our community,” said Venues Ōtautahi Chief Executive, Caroline Harvie-Teare.

“While the name of the Stadium will now be One New Zealand Stadium, the whenua beneath the venue will remain Te Kaha and the whole Precinct will be known as Te Kaharoa being the names gifted to the city by Ngai Tūāhuriri, that will carry the legacy of this important symbol of endurance and strength forever.

“One New Zealand is not only committed to the region but connected with the profound meaning of this incredible venue for our city. One New Zealand Stadium is the last of the major post-Earthquake Anchor Projects, each of which symbolises another step in a long road to recovery.

“Te Kaha will be a hub of entertainment in the central city and over time will continue to grow into an entertainment precinct hosting a diverse range of events and venues,” Ms Harvie-Teare said.

Christchurch Mayor, Phil Mauger said the announcement was an exciting one for Christchurch.

“…It’s a huge step towards realising this world-class venue that our city has waited so long for. We can’t wait to welcome artists, sporting fixtures and corporate events to One New Zealand Stadium, and to show the world that Christchurch is the sporting and events capital of New Zealand,” Mayor Mauger said.

“On behalf of Christchurch City Council, I also want to welcome One New Zealand to the Council family.”

One New Zealand CEO, Jason Paris said the Stadium will bring the best music, live entertainment and sports to Christchurch.

“We’re stoked to be the naming rights partner. We’ll also be working with Venues Ōtautahi to deliver world-class coverage and connectivity in the One New Zealand Stadium when it opens in 2026,” Mr Paris said.

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