The University will invest $950,000 towards the $13m facility which will secure a long-term home for its student marine clubs.
The University has several established water sports clubs including Canoe, Underwater and Kite Surfing. Investing in the facility will provide these clubs with greater access to the water, storage facilities, and will allow for growth in sports such as Sailing, Waka Ama, Stand-up Paddleboarding and Kayaking, all of which have seen a surge in student interest in recent years.
“This is a unique opportunity for the University to better connect with the Waitemata Harbour and provide an enhanced student experience”, says Louis Rattray, Associate Director Campus Life: Sport and Recreation. “Participating in Sport and Recreation whilst at University has been proven to help students be more successful. Providing an environment which includes sport and recreation opportunities helps students make friends, reduce stress, improve
“Participating in Sport and Recreation whilst at University has been proven to help students be more successful. Providing an environment which includes sport and recreation opportunities helps students make friends, reduce stress, improve wellbeing and improve employability.” The University of Auckland join founding partners Royal Akarana Yacht Club and Auckland Sailing Club as a key affiliate of the Centre. Hyundai Marine Sports Centre will be a hub of activity and a place to call home for their club members, together with other user groups including Sailability, Auckland Canoe Club, Auckland City Triathlon Club and Orakei Water Sports.
“The support and investment from the University of Auckland is hugely significant in helping us to deliver on the Centre’s aspirations – to be an inclusive, proactive and vibrant community hub”, says Andrew Brookland, General Manager Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust.
The commitment from University of Auckland was pivotal in reaching the $10m funding target required to commence the construction project and deliver an operational building, public café, existing member boat storage and Joyce Fisher Youth Education Room.
The Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust is now focused on securing the remaining $3m to complete the fit-out of the first floor, which will include training, education and function rooms, management and administration offices, operational and security enhancements.
The demolition process has begun on the existing Royal Akarana Yacht Club at The Landing, Okahu Bay, to make way for the new Hyundai Marine Sports Centre. The new modern facility is due to open late 2018.