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Onewa Arena to be officially opened in September

Those who drive past the AMI Netball Centre, beside the motorway, will have seen an impressive new structure forming over the past few months. This is the Onewa Arena, a sensational new multi-purpose facility developed to open up a whole new range of opportunities for Netball north of the Harbour Bridge.
The Onewa Arena has been built primarily to provide netball with an all-weather playing facility. But take a look inside and it's not hard to see that the possibilities are endless. This is a massive indoor space. In addition to Netball, Volleyball and Futsal (indoor soccer) have also expressed an interest in playing there, and the Arena will also be a great space for trade fairs, events and functions.
"Now it is a reality, and you can see the size of the space, the Onewa Arena really does open up a whole new window of opportunity for us," says Adele Lendich, CEO of Netball North Harbour. "It is our 60th anniversary next year which we are planning to celebrate with a ball. Now we have the perfect venue."
The team at Netball North Harbour are also hopeful that the Northern Mystics will choose to use the Onewa Arena as one of their key training bases for their 2012 campaign. Netball New Zealand has already scheduled Lion Foundation National Championship fixtures at the Arena and Netball North will be using it as well. As a result of this new Arena, premier club Netball – which requires a sprung wooden floor– will also return to Onewa.
The Onewa Arena will be officially opened by the Minister of Sport and Recreation and local East Coast Bays Member of Parliament, the Hon. Murray McCully, on Friday September 2nd. He will be joined by Auckland City Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse and 200 invited guests to celebrate the completion of this ambitious project. On this opening night the first games will also be played. There will be a top-of-the-table primary school fixture between Albany Primary and St Joseph's, followed by another top-of-the-table secondary school's clash.
The day before the opening, Thursday September 1st, the Onewa Arena will be blessed with a 5am Powhiri by local Kaumatua John Marsden.
A feature of the Onewa Arena is a new tensile fabric membrane canopy used in the structure. The Onewa Arena is one of the first in the world to use the product for this type of application. Representatives of the manufacturers in France are flying out to be at the official opening. The whole structure is actually totally portable.
"We were hoping to have the project completed in May but we were held up with workers strikes in France and then there were delays with the steel which came out of Vietnam," added Adele Lendich. "Recent delays have been caused by too much moisture in the concrete, meaning that the flooring can not go down. But we are confident that it will all be completed in time for our grand opening in September which we are looking forward to very much."
The flooring is a state-of-the-art sprung wooden sports floor made from strand board. A great feature of the new Onewa Arena is how it links to the large glass windows of the existing AMI Netball Centre. Spectators will be able to watch the action courtside, or through the windows from the comfort of the upstairs lounge. And while there is no new grandstand seating in the Arena, temporary seating can easily be brought in for major events.
The project managers for the Onewa Arena are N-Compass. Stryde Projects have looked after the construction. The acoustic liner fabric was supplied by Baytex (Mt Maunganui), a leading designer and manufacturer of sophisticated tensile membrane canopies.
For further information on the Onewa Arena contact:-
Rachel Simpson, Marketing & Operations Manager, Netball North Harbour,


Thank you...
Netball North Harbour acknowledges the support of North Shore City (now Auckland City), NZ Lotteries Trust Board, ASB Community Trust and Pub Charity as principal funders of the Onewa Arena.
Netball North Harbour would also like to thank all of the North Harbour businesses and individuals who have contributed to the fundraising campaign for Onewa Arena. We have recently introduced some new levels of donations to make it affordable for individuals, families and even teams to contribute towards the arena. We encourage those in the community that use our facility to get behind this project and make a contribution.  We still have so many finishing touches to add to the new arena to complete it - all of them costly, so your contribution will make a difference!
Please contact Rachel on 481 0949 for further details about making a donation. All donations at the different levels will be acknowledged on a special feature board in the new Arena, so it’s not too late to have your business, family or child’s name showcased on the Acknowledgement Board in time for our opening ceremony on 2nd September.
Onewa Arena will also be able to be hired out by other sporting codes or for special one-off events. If you have an idea, or are interested in hiring our fabulous new facility on a regular basis please contact:
Rachel Simpson, Marketing & Operations Manager, Netball North Harbour,
Email:, Mobile 027 247 1623.
We look forward to hearing from you!  


by Adele Lendich