Hockey investment welcomed by Massey

Dr Andrew Foskett - vision of New Zealand's leading sport university.

Massey University is delighted with the news that the Palmerston North City Council is to invest $500,000 in a new world-class hockey turf facility at the University's Manawatū campus.

Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey says the decision by the council will greatly assist Massey's plan to create what should become New Zealand's pre-eminent hockey development centre within the sport and recreational hub on the campus.

Existing campus facilities include the Recreation Centre, the Equestrian Centre, the Manawatū Athletics Track and the Sport and Rugby Institute. 

"Our goal is to leverage the value of Massey University's collective capability across multiple sporting codes, research facilities, athlete and coach development programmes, athlete support services and educational offerings," Mr Maharey says. "We aim to position Palmerston North as New Zealand's foremost centre of sporting excellence.

"This announcement in relation to hockey, which is already extremely strong in the region, provides an opportunity for the city, schools, clubs, national and regional hockey organisations and the university to work together to harness and develop not only local talent but talent that is drawn to the region from around New Zealand and around the world by what will be a comprehensive offering to young athletes."

Massey has committed to invest $1 million, including donor contributions, in the facility. Fundraising and additional partner contributions are budgeted to bring the total investment to $2.615 million. 

The university's recently appointed director of sport advancement, Dr Andrew Foskett, says the vision of being New Zealand's leading sport university has been developed over several years. It involves academic excellence, enhancing student experiences, high-performance support and facilities that are of international standard.

"We have a university-wide sport strategy an exceptionally flexible supportive academic offering, including distance education and the ability to study, complete assignments and sit exams all around the world," Dr Foskett says. "It is no coincidence that Massey students and graduates make up a significant proportion of every New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games team."

Massey has nine hockey teams this year and 18 current members of the national men's and women's teams, the Black Sticks, are Massey students or alumni. 

The plan is to locate the two new hockey fields alongside the Sport and Rugby Institute and next to existing tennis and netball courts. Immediately adjacent will be new football fields.

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