Damaged sports venues get quake appeal funding

7:30 pm on 12 May 2012

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust is giving $2 million for the rebuilding and repair of damaged sportsgrounds and facilities.

Having raised $100 million, much of it from overseas donors, the trust wants to help the rebuild in areas not already being funded by insurance companies or local or central government.

Of the funding announced on Saturday, $1 million will be used for a third artificial hockey turf at Nunweek Park in Harewood.

The severe damage to the city's main hockey ground, Porritt Park in the eastern suburbs, has put extra pressure on the Nunweek Park fields.

Canterbury Hockey chairperson Sandra Pooch says teams have been cramped for space since the loss of Porritt Park, and the money will help the sport to recover and strengthen across the whole city.

Canterbury Rowing has been given $500,000 for new boat storage sheds, and money has also been allocated for the repair of cricket pitches and bowling greens.

'Tightly defined' set of criteria

Trustee Rod Carr says that, using a tightly defined set of criteria, they have already given out half the money raised for Christchurch.

"We were not to use the trust's money to offset things that government should rightly get on and do as best it could," he says. "We were not to offset things that local government or insurance companies ought to do.

"But we were to bear in mind that getting things done quickly may actually count as a priority."