Study launched for multi-use arena for Tauranga
A multi-use arena for the Bay of Plenty is being investigated, with consultants Tuhura Consulting and Visitor Solutions engaged to conduct a feasibility study and investment plan.
The multi-use arena has the potential to be home to all types of events, including cultural, community, business, entertainment and sports events, including large-scale concerts.
Creating a home for major events in the region is being considered as an opportunity to showcase the best parts about the Bay of Plenty.
The study is being undertaken through Priority One (Western Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency) as the coordinating agency and in collaboration with Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Sport New Zealand.
A charitable trust is expected to be set up to manage the project and take it forward - assuming a viable option is identified through the feasibility study.
“As the region’s population growth is forecast to continue over the next 30 years, this presents an exciting opportunity to cater to the diverse entertainment desires of the community, in a world-class arena,” says Tauranga City Council Commission Chair, Anne Tolley.
While no decisions have been made, a preferred site has been identified in Tauranga through initial site analysis studies.
Wharepai Domain, also known as The Domain, will be the focus of the feasibility study and investment plan.
“Investment in our future generations is critical and we look forward to this project generating excitement in our rangatahi, whānau and wider community,” says Ngāti Ranginui Chair Donna Gardiner.
Tuhara Consulting and Visitor Solutions are already underway speaking with key stakeholders, including those who currently use Wharepai Domain.
Mana whenua and iwi will also be represented on the charitable trust, and a working group that has been set up.
They will also be consulted on this mahi throughout the whole process.
The study is envisaged to take around four months and should be completed by March 31, 2022.