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Twenty20 festival on the menu with Georgie Pie Super Smash

Published on September 30, 2014
New Zealand's premier Twenty20 cricket competition has a new name, new sponsor and new format.  With McDonald’s iconic New Zealand brand Georgie Pie on board, the Georgie Pie Super Smash will be an epic festival of Twenty20 matches, climaxing in a Finals weekend that's bigger than ever before. The Georgie Pie Super Smash will include: •Six festival weekends at venues with lights, featuring a Friday night match, and double headers on Saturdays and Sundays for a full day's entertainment, starting at family-friendly times• A feast of televised cricket with 27 games live on SKY Sport, including 17 night matches• An expanded three-game Finals weekend format gives the top two qualifying teams an extra Finals life. The weekend is set for neutral venue at Hamilton's Seddon Park between 5 and 7 December •Improved at-ground entertainment including a bigger kids areas, the Zing stumps, trade show elements, as well as working with venues to more »

Unitary Plan Update

Published on July 24, 2014
Public submissions for the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) have now closed. We will continue to keep you up to date throughout the PAUP process and we thank you for your interest. Please know that your feedback is important and remember you can email us on more »

ITM Cup Squad Announced 2014

Published on July 24, 2014
Auckland ITM Cup squad announced Auckland head coach Paul Feeney has named a 34-man squad for the 2014 ITM Cup.The squad boasts a strong number of Super Rugby players alongside eight debutants. Gareth Anscombe and Ben Lam return after sitting out the 2013 season through injury and will be joined in the backline by Francis Saili who last played for Auckland in 2011.There are seven current All Blacks in the squad. Feeney said it was pleasing to be able to name a strong squad in his first season as head coach.“The core of this squad has been together for a few seasons now so we have experience across the park. “We’ve got an exciting blend with those experienced players alongside a number of young guys who are getting their first opportunity at this level,” said Feeney. Nick Barrett and Fraser Armstrong join the squad after previous campaigns with Southland and Waikato more »

The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

Published on June 10, 2014
 David Kennedy, CEO Eden Park Trust The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan [PAUP] submissions have now been made available to the general public by Auckland Council and we would like to explain what that could mean for the future of Eden Park,   our national stadium. There are two elements to the Eden Park submission. The first is intended to provide more flexibility and opportunities in our operations and how we host major events. The second concerns the potential for future development of the Number 2 ground which can only happen if Auckland Cricket decides to move.   Background Information Around the world Eden Park is recognised as New Zealand’s most iconic stadium. It has a rich sporting and social history of more than 100 years, and an international profile, unmatched by any other stadium in the country. Eden Park is the home ground of Auckland Cricket and Auckland Rugby. It more »

Phoenix Make History with Premier League Club visit to New Zealand

Published on May 2, 2014
The Wellington Phoenix will make history when they host two English Premier League sides in New Zealand for the first time in July 2014.  In a football extravaganza that will span the length of the country, sports fans will be able to experience a football event never seen before in this part of the world. Westpac Stadium will be rocking when English Premier League clubs West Ham United and Newcastle United take part in a ground-breaking double header with the Wellington Phoenix and Australian glamour club Sydney FC in the Football United Tour 2014. West Ham United and Newcastle United will play two exhibition matches at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on 26 July, in matches arranged by the Wellington Phoenix with the support of the Wellington City Council. Auckland and Dunedin will share in the festivities with games featuring the two English Premier League teams also being staged at Eden Park and more »

Aces miss out on major semi final

Published on March 30, 2014
The Auckland Aces season came to an end on Eden Park`s Outer Oval on Sunday afternoon when they lost out to the Wellington Firebirds by four wickets in the Ford Trophy semi-finals. The Aces batted first and were again given an excellent start by openers Anaru Kitchen and Tim McIntosh. Kitchen`s 34 from just 29 deliveries helped the hosts score 74 runs in the first ten powerplay overs while McIntosh`s excellent form continued as he scored another half century. At 103/1 in the 17th over the Aces looked set for a substantial total, but, despite 49 from Donovan Grobbelaar, Auckland would lose their final nine wickets for just 117 runs to finish with an under par total of 220. In reply the Firebirds appeared to be doing it easy when they raced to 134/0 in just the 22nd over however three quick Bhupinder Singh wickets suddenly breathed life back into more »

Tickets go on sale for JWC 2014 in New Zealand

Published on March 24, 2014
Fans can now secure their seats to see the future stars of world Rugby play in New Zealand in just 76 days time, with tickets on sale for the IRB Junior World Championship 2014. Tickets for the biggest fifteens tournament in the world outside Rugby World Cup are available through Ticketmaster from today. Fans who buy any #JWC2014 venue pack before 31 March will also be able to buy tickets to see the All Blacks take on England in a three Test series in Auckland, Dunedin and Hamilton. “This is a great chance for fans to enjoy a feast of top rugby in their own backyard and see the All Blacks of today and tomorrow,” said New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew.  “Not only can fans see the great young players of world Rugby in action, they can also secure their tickets now to what will be a really exciting more »

Warriors Integrated Ticketing For All Eden Park Games

Published on February 27, 2014
MEDIA RELEASE   INTEGRATED TICKETING FOR ALL EDEN PARK GAMES   Auckland, New Zealand, February 26, 2014 – Auckland Transport and the Vodafone Warriors have combined forces to give members and fans the ultimate transport solution for the club’s 2014 NRL Eden Park home games against St George Illawarra, Canterbury-Bankstown and Canberra. They have today confirmed an ‘included in your ticket’ travel offer to and from ‘Season of Eden’ games on Saturday, March 15 (Dragons, 5.00pm kick-off), Sunday, April 13 (Bulldogs, 4.00pm kick-off) and Saturday, May 10 (Raiders, 5.00pm kick-off). Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah welcomed the joint venture as a huge benefit for everyone coming to the games. “We’re delighted we’ve been able to combine with Auckland Transport to make this a possibility for our members and other fans,” he said. “We saw during the NRL Auckland Nines just how well integrated ticketing worked for an event that more »

Planned to Perfection

Published on February 5, 2014
More than 250 players, 46,000 fans and 1500 staff will descend on Eden Park for the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines tournament next week. Reporter Lauren Priestley went behind the scenes to see what plans are in place to make the two-day spectacle run like clockwork.Fans filling the stands at Eden Park next week will be unaware of the flurry of activity taking place below them. The NRL Auckland Nines is the first non-All Black test match to sell out the park since the 1992 Cricket World Cup, prompting organisers to increase the stadium's capacity with temporary seats.As of last week less than 1000 tickets remained. The event has been two years in the making with the last six months dedicated to logistics alone. But the boardroom hours have paid off, Eden Park Trust chief executive David Kennedy says. "It's been quite a coup to pull this off."Eden Park is really good fun more »

Tough at the top of New Zealand's batting order

Published on February 4, 2014
Any way you twist it, opening the batting order has always been the toughest gig in cricket for one simple fact. You are never judged as an individual, always as part of a pair. You might get big score after big score, but if the bloke at the other end constantly fails, you are viewed as being part of something unsuccessful, something flawed. Such is the lot of Black Caps test openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford. The first time they strode to the crease together, in the first test against England in Dunedin last March, New Zealand cricket looked to have found an opening pair for a new era. Fulton and Rutherford put on 158, setting New Zealand up for an impressive performance to begin their three-match series with England. Consistency has been elusive since. Including that first stand, Fulton and Rutherford have averaged 38.41 per opening partnership in 17 innings. But remove more »

Kiwi baseballers learn from the best

Published on November 7, 2013
Some of the countries best young baseballers had the chance to learn from one the game's best today.Major league MVP contender Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks is in the country. It's all part of Baseball New Zealand's plan to bring 'America's pastime' to Auckland. When the Diamondback met the Diamondblacks, the one known as 'Goldy' stopped by Auckland as he continues to grow the game of baseball worldwide. He said he wishes "to get more and more kids involved"."Hopefully they'll enjoy it like I did when I was young, and try to stick to it, and you know they're going to continue to get better and I'm sure you're going to see some New Zealand major league baseball players soon". Arizona's CEO admits he chuckled when they heard the name of New Zealand's national team."We love the Diamondblacks. And for us being the Diamondbacks...we hope that we can be more »

500 days till cricket’s ultimate prize returns to New Zealand

Published on October 1, 2013
Today marks 500 days to the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia, which will begin in Christchurch on 14 February 2015 with the opening match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.  The tournament was officially launched on 30 July and organisers are now gearing up for the release of ticket pricing and sale dates, which will be announced in November.  Head of New Zealand for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Therese Walsh said: “500 days to go is an important milestone for tournament organisers and fans alike, and I’m sure we’ll see excitement build even further as ticketing information is released next month.” Seven New Zealand cities will host ICC Cricket World Cup matches: Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. Between them they will host half of the tournament’s 42 pool matches. Wellington will also host a quarter-final and Auckland more »

Auckland turn it on against Canterbury

Published on September 30, 2013
Auckland celebrated Heritage Day with a vintage performance as they thrashed arch rivals Canterbury 39-19 at Eden Park tonight. The comprehensive victory was Auckland’s first over the Red and Blacks in six years as they maintained their unbeaten record at home for the last two seasons. Auckland were determined to make a statement in front of the droves of former players that came along to Eden Park for Heritage Day, and make a statement they did as they scored four tries in a superb first half to lead 32-7 at the break. Abrasive flankers Sean Polwart and Kara Pryor were everywhere in the opening encounters as they made some powerful surges to give the home side great field position. Young first five-eighths Simon Hickey got his side on the scoreboard with a penalty kick after seven minutes before crossing for the opening try just two minutes later. Full article more »

Auckland bounce back to hammer Northland

Published on September 19, 2013
Auckland bounced back from their disappointing loss to Waikato last week with a commanding 41-10 victory over Northland.  Despite the miserable conditions as driving rain pelted the Eden Park turf, the home side ran in six tries in a much improved performance to secure five points and move into second place on the ITM Cup Premiership ladder. However the win may have come at a hefty cost with Auckland suffering a number of significant injuries ahead of their clash with front runners Canterbury next week. “It was a big step up from the Waikato game in the areas we focussed on,” Auckland head coach Wayne Pivac said. “One was our defence, getting our bodies down and our shoulders into contact, our line speed and wanting to do that over the 80 minutes and it was very pleasing to see that in the 80th minute we were still going forward and more »

The Tight Five - what we know after the All Blacks win over the Springboks

Published on September 15, 2013
New Zealand’s remarkable list of Test captains continues Who would have thought a few years ago that Richie McCaw would have a fully developed world class captain waiting in the wings? Kieran Read continues a long and proud tradition where the All Blacks have been able to consistently produce some special players to lead their country. There have been over 125 men to wear the armband, and the list, including Gallaher, Whineray, Meads, Lochore, Tremain, Kirk and Fitzpatrick, is a humbling ledger of All Black and rugby greats. Reminisce of some champion loose forwards of yesteryear, the rangy Read possesses some special touches and a deceivingly ferocious appetite for the tough stuff up front. The future appears to be in safe hands. Welcome Test win number 383 The All Blacks have now won more Test matches than any nation in history, winning their 383rd international at Eden Park in their more »