I am proud to report that, despite the on–going economic conditions and increased competition, 2012/2013 was yet another year of growth for New Zealand’s premier multipurpose Arena and community asset.
The Trusts Arena is a commercially successful business that is both efficient and economical to run and maintain. It has a low cost structure and a reputation for excellence that enable it to compete successfully for some of the finest events and acts in the world and from the revenue, maintain the venue in as-new condition while subsidising hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of community use each year. This means that adults can hire half of a test quality court for $5 per hour and children for $3. A school can hire the Douglas Track and Field for a sports day, for $150.
For the year June 2013 The Trusts Arena has welcomed over 691,000 visitors through its doors. All here to engage and enjoy our services in either the world class Fitness Centre, or our international standard fields and court facilities. When you consider that 20% of these visitors come from outside of West Auckland it is true to say The Trusts Arena is a regional asset, but with a local focus for our community and our kids.
The number of international visitors reached grew again this year for people attending one or another of the events such as Blondie, Ronan Keating or recently reformed The Cranberries. Events such as these contribute significantly to the regional economy. It is estimated if half of the visitors from outside of Auckland each year stay one night in Auckland, it would equate to approximately $1.9m in tourism spend locally.
I am also able to announce that we have just secured a partnership with New Zealand’s leading provider of recreational services CLM. As part of this partnership we will be offering a number of free “Arena Alive” events at The Trusts Arena during each set of school holidays. With activities ranging from bouncy castles and rides to court sports and entertainment, we’re excited to enter into this new partnership to deliver even more opportunities to our young Westies to help keep them in active enjoyment. CLM will also be offering a range of before and after school programs for children. The first of these Arena Alive days will be held on 28 September, we hope you can come down and join in the activities.
Without the support of our local community, and our fantastic financial supporters each year we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver one of Auckland’s busiest facilities to the community, so please continue to enjoy this wonderful asset we are so proud to have. From the Trustees and Management team at The Trusts Arena thank you to each and every one of our community who has made this Arena what it is, from the basketball mums and dads to the kids on court, you’re the reason we exist and we are proud to serve you all.
Thank you for sharing this success with us.
Brian Blake Chief Executive at The Trusts Arena.