Facts & Figures

  • 95%Current usage in winter

  • $1.4mBudgeted cost

The Council is considering a proposal for installation of a third artificial turf sports field at the National Hockey Stadium in Berhampore, to accommodate growing demand and improve the stadium’s capacity to host hockey tournaments and events.

Participation in hockey has grown significantly in the last decade, to a point where the stadium is now operating at capacity with 95 percent winter utilisation rate. Wellington players frequently have to travel out of town for games.

Wellington Hockey Association is also proposing an upgrade of the existing stadium.


  • Improved access to sport/recreation opportunities, reflecting increased demand.
  • Enhanced capacity to host major hockey events.


  • $1.4 million of capital expenditure has been budgeted for the upgrade.

What you think

85% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

233 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

96% Feedback received that supports this idea

#3 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

28% Future generations
27% Local residents
18% NZ as a whole
16% Visitors to Wellington
12% Local businesses
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Visitors to Wellington
  • NZ as a whole
  • Future generations
  • Other

How should we prioritise it?

76% High
15% Quite high
6% Neutral
3% Quite low
  • Quite low
  • Low
  • Neutral
  • Quite high
  • High
  • Matthew, Other

    An upgrade to the stadium and providing a spectator stand would be beneficial and provide a better venue for playing and watching international competitions in the Wellington Region. It does need to go hand in hand with a campaign to bring more sports like hockey to wellington.

  • Mike, Wellington Central

    The current stadium has served well but increasing capacity is key to future development of hockey. The facilities are integral to preserving and impoving the "club" scene given the centralising of hockey around turfs. Stadium upgrade is urgently needed.

  • William, Other

    As a secondary teacher/Hockey coach at Upper Hutt College I have seen the benefit of the Maidstone turf being built in our local area (for training, playing and having a local fortress). Playing at NHS holds more mana as it is often for Finals and they are easily the best playing surfaces in the Wellington region.

  • Evan Freshwater

    Great to see support for a growing sport. Please don't forget to support us adjoining clubs & protect our right to continue our activities without being too unduly impacted - I'm probably talking about parking: don't take up all of our carparking!

  • Sandy, Khandallah

    Great idea to help ease congestion on current turfs plus means Wellington can host some big tournaments and that benefits business too

  • Beaumont Spencer

    It would provide a more attractive surface and venue for international games therefore attracting more attention to hockey in wellington as well as developing future hockey players.

  • Damon Harrison, Other

    It's important to have facilities like these in order to better accommodate both local, national and international events. Another important consideration is a general lack of high quality hockey turfs in the Wellington region. With another on the cards, as part of Fraser Park - Sportsville, Wellington is becoming a stronger hub for Hockey in the central New Zealand region.

  • Daniela, Newtown

    Given we are at 95% capacity it appears there is demand for this development. Investing in diversified sports will be good for future generations