Te Rauparaha Arena
|Full name||Te Rauparaha Arena|
|Location||17 Parumoana St, Porirua, New Zealand 5022|
|Owner||Porirua City Council|
|Seating type||Multipurpose venue|
|Broke ground||January 2008|
|Opened||21 November 2008|
|Construction cost||17.5 Million|
Te Rauparaha Arena is a multi-purpose indoor sports and entertainment centre in Porirua, New Zealand. The centre, which cost NZ$17.5 million to construct, was officially opened on 21 November 2008. The main stadium has a maximum capacity of 3,000, while a secondary stadium can hold another 500 people. The venue was named by the Ngāti Toa iwi after one of their most famous leaders, Te Rauparaha.
The venue was built as a replacement for the Porirua Recreation Centre, which went into the administration of the Porirua City Council in 1998 after it was no longer able to be maintained. The council decided to replace it with a larger sports and entertainment centre in 2000. Following years of designing and community consultation, construction of the present venue began in January 2008, and celebrated its official opening on 21 November.
Te Rauparaha Arena is an alternate home venue for the Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship (now the Mojo Pulse). In 2009, it was the venue at which the Pulse recorded their first victory in the ANZ Championship, with a 53–52 victory over 2008 champions the New South Wales Swifts.
Other events held at the Arena include the Home, Living and Leisure Show, Dunkleys Great NZ Craft Show, Wedding Expo, Education in the Classroom conferences, Raggamuffin Roadtrip, Kolohe Kai and many many more...
Sporting fixtures at the Arena have included the Silver Ferns, NZ Breakers, Exodus Saints, NZ Tall Ferns, NZ Indoor Bowls Nationals, FIBA Oceania U19s Basketball Championship, FIBA Oceania Championships 2013 and the Oceania World Qualifying Volleyball Championships.
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- Te Rauparaha Arena: Capacities
- Te Rauparaha Arena: History
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