Publish date: 09/11/2020

ENC Corporate Sponsor MainPower has been announced as lead naming rights sponsor of the new $28M sports facility, Stadium Waimakariri.

MainPower NZ Limited is the first major naming rights sponsor to be announced to partner with the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust in advance of the official opening of the four-court sports facility in July next year. Located on Coldstream Road, the 6000msq building, with seating of up to 500 spectators, will add to a suite of neighbouring sporting facilities already bearing the MainPower name, including MainPower Cricket Oval and MainPower Hockey Turf.

MainPower NZ Ltd sees the naming rights investment for such a key community facility as a natural extension to their long-term commitment to sport in North Canterbury. Andy Lester, CEO of MainPower says, “We are proud to be supporting a facility that will deliver such huge benefits for the community. We believe this will further enhance our long-standing partnership with the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust and the work they do with local youth and promoting healthier lifestyles through sport.”

McAlpines Mitre 10 Mega was also announced as naming rights sponsor of the Stadium’s Fitness Facility and its four sports courts. This extends their current commitment to the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust’s Fitness Centres based in Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Amberley and Oxford. The new fitness facility will be known as the McAlpine’s Mitre 10 Mega Fitness Centre. The courts will be named in recognition of the McAlpines family, who established their first business in Rangiora nearly 100 years ago in 1923.

McAlpines Managing Director, Andrew Davidson, says that this sponsorship is a vital step in affirming their continuing commitment to the North Canterbury community. “McAlpines has supported community interests, especially in sport, for coming up to four decades. We see this investment as not only deepening our partnership with the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust, but also supporting grassroots activities through the provision of exceptional facilities for all ages.”

The North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust also announced the launch of their multi-tiered sponsorship campaign, soon to be released to the wider community. Michael Sharpe, CEO of the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust, says that securing long-term commercial partners, as well as community contributions, is key to ensuring operational sustainability in its management of the venue. “These sponsorships will not only help the Trust cover the $1 million capital contribution to the Waimakariri District Council, but will provide opportunities for North Canterbury companies, families and individuals to leave a lifetime legacy that will be seen for generations to come. It will truly be a facility by the community for the community.”


Image: Waimakariri District Council.