20 Nov 2017

From Lancaster Park to Te Puke

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:37 pm on 20 November 2017
Lancaster Park seats arrive in Tauranga before being taken to Te Puke

Lancaster Park seats arrive in Tauranga before being taken to Te Puke Photo: Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media

Stadium seats at Christchurch's closed Lancaster Park have turned up at the Port of Tauranga.

They will be used to build a new grandstand for Te Puke rugby club. But the journey to get the seats from one end of the country to the other needed favour after favour.

Rick Hannay is a past president of the Bay of Plenty rugby club and was part of the operation.

He tells Jesse about how the idea to improve the Te Puke stadium grandstand popped up when an Argentinian rugby club and its supporters made their grandstand look precarious and old.