Welcome to the President's e-News page.
The page will be used to keep you up-to-date with what's going on, especially as we move into a new era with the Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub soon to be opened. So let's get started ....
Athletics Canterbury President - Andrew Stark (email@example.com)
e-News Monday 20th August 2018
Nga Puna Wai Community Fund-raising Initiative
By the time Nga Puna Wai is up and running, Athletics Canterbury will have invested nearly $200k in new equipment. A further investment of $220k has also been required to ensure we would get a control room / photo finish building (bottom left in photo) 'fit for purpose' and an outer throw zone area (top right in photo) suitable for all year round training. Fortunately, some of these extra costs have been covered by successful funding applications and donations, but not all.
About three weeks ago we started promoting our Nga Puna Wai Community fund-raising initiative via Facebook. We have received donations totally just over $23k from the athletic's community, with a couple of businesses also considering making larger donations towards major equipment purchases.
Why should you donate? Over the past two years, various members within Athletics Canterbury have worked behind the scenes with the Christchurch City Council representatives and designers to ensure we get a Class One facility. It has been a challenging exercise to say the least and has involved over 5000 volunteer hours!! If you value the contribution this group has made on your behalf, then a donation would be a great way to show your appreciation! If you want to read more, click here to read a flyer I have prepared. If you would like to see the latest drone footage of Nga Puna Wai, click on the link below.
Over 21,500 people have viewed this footage. If they all gave $5.00 each, we would more than reach our total.
If you can help, please make your donation into our Westpac Account Number 03 0802 0046350 002
Please use your name as a reference, then e-mail Daniel Reese (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you require a receipt.
Athletics Canterbury is an Incorporated Society (No. 220900) and a registered Charity (No. CC39446), therefore ALL donations are tax deductible.
New General Manager's Role for Athletics Canterbury
With the home of Athletics Canterbury now within a sports hub environment, it was time our sport became more professional about how we operate. Hence the creation of this new role. Ian Thomas, who started in August, has been employed as the General Manager. It will be a challenging role as all areas of the sport work together to rebuild our sport, to make the most of this exciting new opportunity that Nga Puna Wai presents. To enable us to create this role, with must acknowledge the support we have received from the Rata Foundation and the CCC, who together have funded this role.
Nga Puna Wai training options & associated fees
The new NPW track & field facility is worth about $10M. There is an expectation that all people using the venue for training will contribute to the on-going operational & maintenance costs. The exact mechanism for collecting fees during the week has yet to be worked out. Options currently being investigated include creating a Nga Puna Wai Track & Field Membership fee for those training at the venue. One of the tasks of the new GM is to work with the CCC to determine just how this would work and the cost of such a scheme. We are keen to know what you think.
Should there be ...
A casual usage fee option?
A prepaid seasonal membership fee, summer or winter option?
- A prepaid annual membership fee option?
If you feel strongly about this concept, please contact Ian Thomas (email@example.com) with your feedback. He would also like to know how often you intend to train at Nga Puna Wai, including the days of the week and time of day, plus what you would be prepared to pay for each of the options listed above. This information will help us formulate a fee structure for training.
New logo for Athletics Canterbury Inc
In line with our new era, we have recently updated our logo using the generic Athletics New Zealand logo. I would like to thank Julie Moore our marketing and promotional manager for creating this artwork.
We believe this logo will work well for us both regionally and nationally. However, as one of our goals is to increase community participation, we may well create an alternative 'less competitive / serious' looking logo as an alternative for this group.
Important action from this e-News ..... please donate to Nga Puna Wai.