Collaboration Delivers New Hockey Turf
Lesley Murdoch and Dr Sandra Hastie open hockey turf at Rangi Ruru
Rangi Ruru’s new artificial hockey turf was officially dedicated on 8 June providing a new home for our national champion hockey team.
Board of Governors Chair, Mr Stuart Nattrass says a collaboration with Canterbury Hockey has enabled the turf to be installed which has mutual benefits for both the school and Canterbury Hockey.
“We have always had an excellent relationship with Canterbury Hockey, as we do with a number of regional sports organisations and in this case, we were able to negotiate an interest free loan from Canterbury Hockey which enables Rangi Ruru to complete this world class facility while providing access to the turf for our local sportsmen and women,” says Mr Nattrass.
Current New Zealand Black Sticks, Gemma Flynn, Jordan Grant and Rachel McCann were joined by fellow representatives and Rangi Ruru alumna Sophie Devine and Jenny Storey to showcase their skills on the new turf with the first XI hockey team.
Well-known sports broadcaster and former New Zealand double international representative (cricket and hockey), Lesley Murdoch (ONZM, MBE) did the honours and officially cut the ribbon to open the turf and congratulated Rangi Ruru on committing to the future of sport for Christchurch.
“Huge kudos to the people who had the courage to say yes this is what we are going to do. We need more turfs in this city. We know the damage the earthquakes cause and you’ve made a positive out of that,” said Lesley.
“You have the edge Rangi Ruru, that’s for sure,” she concluded.
Costing just over $1m, the half-size surface, is part of Stage 2 of the Project Blue Sky Rangi Ruru campus redevelopment project which began in 2012.
Christchurch club HSOB/Burnside, Canterbury hockey’s affiliated club, will use the hockey turf for training. Canterbury Hockey will use the facilities for weekend junior hockey and representative training.
Rangi Ruru would like to also acknowledge the contribution of the donors and sponsors who contributed to the fundraising efforts for this project through the Market Day in 2014 and other individual contributions.