Here is the news article from WCC about the opening of Wairoa.
Wellington City Council partnered with Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Inc (AMPSCI) back in 2018, and together collaborated to build a new Sport and Community Hub Facility on the upper field at Alex Moore Park.
The project has been a long time in the making, and despite a small delay caused by COVID-19, its completion this month is timely for the winter sport season.
As a lifetime football player himself, Mayor Andy Foster knows this facility will make a big difference to the sporting community.
“This Hub will mean teams across a wide range of sporting codes will reap the benefits of having modern, accessible and high quality facilities, will encourage greater participation in activities, and will be a place to be proud of when hosting visitors to Waiora.”
The total project cost was $4.2 million, with the incorporated society contributing $2 million towards building cost and an internal fit-out. The Hub building will be owned by the Council and managed by AMPSCI, which will enter a long-term lease of the first-floor facilities over the next 33 years.
The independent chair of AMPSCI, Mike Knell, points out the uniqueness of this concept and partnership whereby five sporting groups, the Wellington Deaf Association and Wellington City Council have come together to collaborate and facilitate for a low-cost (shared) operating model.
“This is the way forward for sporting and community groups to ensure that we can get everyone participating in their code, hopefully on an equal low-cost opportunity for all in the community – it is, simply put, fantastic,” says Mike.
“It is the way of the future without doubt. Participation is more likely to grow, and more people will get active as a result. The principles of sporting and community hubs is not new, however, I believe this model and concept is.”
The Hub was gifted the name Waiora, meaning water of life, following engagement with iwi partner Ngāti Toa and the Alex Moore Park Sport and Community inc. The name is a reference to the main local stream which was used for the provision of kai and spiritual sustenance.
The redevelopment of this fit-for-purpose Hub has taken into consideration all requirements from the community, with input from locals, clubs and recreational groups, says Sports and Recreation Portfolio Lead, Councillor Simon Woolf.
“This collaborative project has been future proofed, so with a growing population particularly around youth in the area, the Hub will be a vital pulse in the heart of the community for years to come.
“Additionally, not only will the facilities be accessible to sporting groups, but there are meeting rooms and a social space to be shared, plus changing rooms, a kitchen and bar area, and storage rooms.
“The opening of Waiora marks the completion of just one of three exciting projects happening in the Northern suburbs at the moment, including the refresh to Keith Spry Pool and the Pukehuia Newlands Park Upgrade – both of which are heading towards completion by the middle of this year,” adds Councillor Woolf.
The Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Board is looking for an enthusiastic operational and marketing specialist who is keen to make their mark on a new community initiative which opens in March this year.
You’ll be responsible for managing the day to day operations of the new sport and community hub at Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville as well as seeking new revenue opportunities for the café/bar operation and conference/event business.
Equally important will be to encourage Associate Membership of the Society and general use of the complex to sporting, cultural, educational, and other community groups.
This is a sole charge position, expected to take up 20 hours per week and reports directly to the Alex Moore Park Board. Initially focussed on day-to-day operational tasks such as administering bookings, invoicing, establishing health and safety protocols and putting in place on site cleaning and other service contracts; the role will quickly expand to bringing in new business and engaging with business and community contacts throughout Wellington.
As the public face of the Society, the successful applicant will:
Applications including an up to date CV should be sent to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquires welcome on 021 1830 764 - Rick Mudgway
Closing Date: 26 February 2021
Members of the Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Board had a look around the site. Thanks to Wellington City Council for helping make the tour happen. Check out the photos below - it's going to be a great space!
Please share with your teams, clubs and organisations. We're still on track for completion of the build in March 2021.
The Annual General Meeting for the Alex Moore Park Sports and Community will be held on Wednesday 19th July at 7.00pm, in the Johnsonville Cricket club rooms on Bannister Ave.
Contact Mike Collett at email@example.com for more information.
Mayor Lester, and Alex Moore Park Chair, Hadyn Smith, signed off on the Facility Partnership Funding Agreement today. They were joined by Paul Andrews, Wellington City Council Manager Parks Sport and Rec and Glenn McGovern, WCC Sport and Club Partnership Leader. This was an historic moment and secures the lease with a major proportion of the funding now finally locked and loaded.
The development of detailed plans is now confirmed for Johnsonville's Alex Moore Park Building with three funders - Johnsonville Charitable Trust ($139,000), Wellington City Council ($120,000) and Hutt Mana Trust ($20,000) all agreeing to financially support the next stage in the development of the architectural plans for the location alongside the Bannister Avenue carpark. The complex is designed to improve support and services for the community and sport using Alex Moore Park.
Chairman of AMPB - Hadyn Smith, is thrilled that the project is now closer to reality with one of the key stages of the project finally supported.
"In the background we have key funding support for bricks and mortar aspects of the build but we needed the design and plans finalised in order to make progress. This investment gives us both belief and traction as we start the road towards the start of the build in 2017.
For the Johnsonville Charitable Trust (JCT) to give our project this level of faith at such a crucial time adds real value to our goals and the trust being built in the Northern Suburbs. JCT have now stepped up on every key occasion we have had a catch 22 with the project (they also assisted with resource consent funding) and the Board is extremely appreciative.
To then have this investment backed up by the Wellington City Council and Hutt Mana Trust funding gives us the traction we needed for what we call stage one around getting a building on the park" said Mr Smith.
Johnsonville Charitable Trust Chair - Tracy Hurst-Porter, is also pleased to support projects such as the Alex Moore Park development. "The Trustees of Johnsonville Charitable Trust are delighted to be able to support our community. To date the Trust has committed $189,000 towards the Alex Moore Park development. Johnsonville Charitable Trust has a proud history of funding essential community facilities in the local area. This financial year the Trust has committed over $350,000 to local initiatives.
Congratulations to the dedicated volunteer team working towards the completion of the community facility at Alex Moore Park."
Wellington City Council Community, Sport and Recreation committee member and Deputy Mayor - Justin Lester, has been a fierce supporter of the concept and is pleased that the resolution passed not only releases the funding in support of the detailed plans but also states Council will consider releasing additional funds once AMPB has secured 75% of the project totals.
"As North Wellington continues to grow the demand for the new Alex Moore Park comlpex will only increase. We now have some of the largest clubs in Wellington and we want to ensure our kids and adults have access to good quality recreation facilities."
The Alex Moore Park Board will be focused on finalising plans over the winter months with input from key partners, the community and WCC.
Background Facts:The 2,100 square metre facility will incorporate a hall/gymnasium, meeting rooms and function areas and is configured to cater for a large variety of sporting, recreation and community uses. A view of the draft design features and a 3D flyover can be found at www.alexmoorepark.org.nz.
Chairman, Alex Moore Park Board
Wellington City Council ($1,745,000) and Lottery Community Facilities Fund ($500,000) have both approved significant investments into Johnsonville's Alex Moore Park Building complex over the last week with the building on the park likely to be a reality by the winter months of 2017.
The complex, designed to improve support and services for anyone using Alex Moore Park, was first raised as a concept at public meetings held some 10 years ago. The idea was that all sports and communities using the park combine into one "Sportsville" project was radical at that time but now considered best practice by WCC.
The Alex Moore Park Board (AMPB) formed six years ago has progressed the idea from a concept, through the resource consent process and now into funding the community complex that is estimated will cost $5.2 million.
Chairman of AMPB - Hadyn Smith, is thrilled that the project is now halfway towards reality. "No stand-alone club can afford to exist in isolation today so my hat goes off to those that had the vision in Johnsonville so long ago, and WCC and Lotteries for recognising that this is what our community needs if we are to resource and grow usage around features such as the new artificial turf.
"This is only the start of our fund raising campaign but it is just the backing we needed to get people to understand that this building is no longer just an idea. This project will be a reality and with over three million dollars, when the sale of existing clubrooms in Philip Street is realised, in the bank this is a huge level of seed funding for any development. We are extremely grateful to WCC and Lotteries for their recognition of the value of our project to this community."
Wellington City Council Chair of Community, Sport & Recreation - Councillor Paul Eagle, was impressed with what the building represents for the Northern Suburbs and believes the city will be getting value for its investment.
"WCC has been a part of this concept from the outset and with a growing population demographic and five clubs coming together as one then the combination is something we considered vital to support. We canâ€™t wait to see a building in place that will add life to the growing level of activity that is taking place on and around Alex Moore Park since the artificial turf was launched last year."
Wellington City Council Deputy Mayor - Justin Lester, has been a fierce supporter of the concept and sees this development as a model for others in the city.
"WCC has limited ability to resource every great idea but if sports can buy into the power of one from many then Sportsville will be the answer for many. Not every project can or will be funded but critical mass will help some ideas stand out and that is the case with this development. We like what is planned and hope our funding will turn into a domino effect for the final build."
With two major funders confirmed it is now a priority for AMPB to ensure the many and varied private investors and commercial opportunities are progressed. That is now a key objective for the coming months of 2015 and beyond.
The 2,100 square metre facility will incorporate a hall/gymnasium, meeting rooms and function areas and is configured to cater for a large variety of sporting, recreation and community uses.
Chairman, Alex Moore Park Board
Before I talk about this incredible development I want to remind and perhaps introduce everyone to a little history behind this park and this development.
Alexander Augustus (Alex) Moore was born in 1882 and is probably the best known sporting name in Johnsonville. Alex Moore's legacy to our community - this park, was huge and can't be lost or diluted under the dust of decades past. His name deserves "moore" and we're committed to maintaining this community leader's legacy some 60 years since his passing with a whole of park experience Johnsonville deserves.
It is heartening therefore to see the development of this artificial turf on Alex Moore Park and the whole of park landscaping. This state of the art surface and walk areas will change the landscape of this parks use and perhaps even more significantly allow enjoyable passage for recreational walkers, "rest" for our grass fields and a "guarantee" that any event scheduled will take place.
So, we have this field and some lovely landscaping. Many thanks WCC. What more do we want then?
For those that know Alex Moore park, I am here to remind you that this field is an umbrella wrecker. There's no shelter on the side-lines here. When you are a side-line supporter at this park you bring the gear or you suffer during those very infrequent "northern and southern wind blasts". We all know that we need something that schools can shelter in while using these fields, we need something fit to support this park and we need something that isn't past it use by date.
The Alex Moore Development or Sportsville Project was founded about seven years ago by a large group of local residents and sports clubs who'd become concerned about the state of Alex Moore Park's degraded facilities.
About four years ago our Board was formed with the aim of creating a facility that would support this park and act as a community hub. We now have resource consent to build on the park and we will shortly be leading the fund raising process. No easy task - unless we win Powerball Lotto.
One of the key drivers for the Board has been Johnsonville youth. This area and its immediate neighbours in the Northern Suburbs contains one of Wellingtonâ€™s fastest growing youth on our backdoor. They/we need a whole of park experience. In other words we want to "build Johnsonville's Active Heart".
If anyone wants to assist or know more about the project then Google Alex Moore Park or go to www.alexmoorepark.org.nz My thanks again to WCC - we have the field, now we want "moore".
Alex Moore Park Development Board Chairman
Wellington City Council has given resource consent for an artificial turf and a community sports building on Johnsonville's Alex Moore Park.
Wellington City Council should commence work on the installation of an artificial turf in late 2013 or early 2014. The Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Incorporated Society.,(AMPSC) created three years ago, has been charged with raising the necessary funds for a $6 million building project which will provide much needed modern community sports facilities to the park.
AMPSC Board Chairman, Hadyn Smith, said that â€œthe granting of resource consent for a sport and community complex on the park without any opposition is an important milestone for both the board and the sports clubs involved and brings this exciting new project another step closer for the communities within the northern suburbs.
"This is the successful culmination of the first stage and heralds the beginning of a new focus where with the help of the local community we must raise the necessary funding to make this building a reality for our community," said Mr Smith.
"The Johnsonville Charitable Trust, Wellington City Council and in particular its Northern Ward Councillors have been strong supporters of this project and there is a clear benefit with so many organisations working together and harnessing resources."
The 2,200 square metre facility will incorporate a full size gymnasium, meeting rooms and function areas and is configured to cater for a large variety of sporting, recreation and community use.
The new complex will complement the artificial sports turf which has been approved for construction on northern field at Alex Moore park later this year.
The Alex Moore Park Board is also concentrating on recruiting new members to join the board."The roles are voluntary but will certainly help people who are looking to enhance their credentials and of course offer a very tangible contribution to their local community.
Anyone with strong skill sets in marketing, fundraising or communication is encouraged to contact chairman Hadyn Smith or any other board member.
Alex Moore Park Building Development Board