The Community Facilities Trust endorses and respects the decision of the Hutt City Council not to make a provision in the Council’s annual plan for the Trust’s Petone Arena proposal.
“Whilst we are disappointed that we cannot progress the concept we understand completely that Council considered on balance that there was insufficient community support to proceed with confidence”, said Trust Chairman, Alister Skene.
“We have not been able to convince key Petone stakeholders of the merits of the Arena, the fact that this was very much a community facility as well as being suitable for professional sport was not well grasped, but we remain committed to that community and look forward to working with groups such as Petone Sportsville in the future.”
"I would also like to acknowledge the support of Dr Gareth Morgan and the Phoenix Football Club. Gareth and his team are working hard to make the Phoenix a success at some personal cost. I want to acknowledge their offer to invest in public infrastructure and the contribution they make to Wellington sport. As a region we need to keep working with the Phoenix to try and improve their position. Professional franchise sports such as the Phoenix and Hurricanes provide entertainment, civic pride, employment and economic activity. More importantly it provides a pathway for our sporting talent and gives our kids the opportunity to aspire."
"Overall the Council's annual plan provides the CFT with significant investment over the next three years which will enable us to progress fantastic developments in the northern suburbs of Taita, Naenae and Avalon. I would like to thank the mayor and councillors for their support of the Trust, through their increased investment, and look forward to construction beginning in Taita and at Fraser Park later this year."
The CFT will not be making any further comment on the Petone Arena at this time.