Tūparikino Active Community Hub

Taranaki is working together to transform the future of physical activity ​​​​​​​

The Tūparikino Active Community Hub at the New Plymouth Racecourse site will be a catalyst to boost activity and wellbeing and equitable access to sport and recreation across Taranaki.

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Q: Is the Hub going ahead?
A: Yes it is. Planning and design work is advancing well and the project is well positioned to attract significant Central Government support and continued support from NPDC, project partners and regional funders.

Q: What will it cost?
A: With global fiscal pressures continuing to bite, construction cost escalation and evolving funding and design requirements the required budget for the two-stage project has been pushed from $91m to $110m. But a range of designs and costs will be consulted on publically before decisions are made on what the best option is.

Q: How will it be paid for?
A: A mix of local, central and regional funders together with contributions from project
partners and stakeholders.

Q: Has the planned phasing of the project changed?
A: Yes. The original timeline had the turf complex construction starting later this year. This has now been deferred but the Hub building construction is still due to start in October 2024.

Q: Why has the construction of the turf complex been deferred?
A: This will allow for greater funding certainty and matching future design phasing to
available budgets.

Q: Why does the project need to be consulted on in the NPDC ten year plan?
A: Since the project began funding arrangements and design requirements have been
further developed and construction costs have increased. Currently NPDC has committed $40m Capex and $11m Opex and this process will decide whether further investment is made.

Q: Isn't this just for sports players?
A: Not at all. While organised sport will gain much-needed facilities the Hub will vibrant place of intergenerational activity and be a community gathering space, designed to connect people together with a range of health and wellness opportunities. Giving people options to get active in ways that suit them will benefit the whole community.

Q: What makes it efficient and sustainable?
A: Bringing together a range of activities with modern, purpose built facilities on a high
profile site reduces the need for duplication and makes operations efficient.

Combining ambitious moves transforming traditional ways sport and recreation are governed and delivered in the region with top quality facilities, and efficient, collaborative operating models the Tūparikino Active Community Hub at the New Plymouth Racecourse site will be a catalyst to boost activity and wellbeing and equitable access to sport and recreation across Taranaki.

Co-designed with Ngāti Te Whiti and Ngāti Tūparikino hapū, together with the support of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa, the Hub signals more than a quality community facility.It will be a site of learning and health, celebrating mana whenua identity and links to the whenua.

Foundation Partners

 Taranaki Different & Better

Sport Taranaki is working with the sport and recreation sector on the  Taranaki Different and Better project which is working to transform traditional ways sport and recreation is governed and delivered in Taranaki to tackle longstanding issues and provide better quality experiences for participants. 

The new ways of working will lay the foundations for a collaborative, participant-centred sector that fosters wide community participation. The hub will provide quality, consolidated facilities with design and programming flexibility.

Both projects will develop financially sustainable models for future sport and recreation and together they will achieve an integrated people, funding and facilities solution.

Governance Group Members

Hub News

Media Archive


New plan announced for New Plymouth active hub  Taranaki Daily News 3 March 2023

New Plymouth District Council Remains Committed Taranaki Daily News 2 February 2023


 Choppy waters part of the road to fullfilling community's multi-sport hub aspirations Taranaki Daily News 23 December 2022

Proposed New Plymouth sports pavilion gets another funding boost Taranaki Daily News 11 October 2022

$2.65m 'Great news for the project' Taranaki Daily News 4 October 2022

New Plymouth council grab Three Waters money but struggle on how to spend it Taranaki Daily News 24 September 2022

Leading contenders emerge following Mayoral debate Taranaki Daily News 24 September 2022

Replacing hockey turf the first stage of multi-million dollar active hub Taranaki Daily News  25 August 2022

Taranaki racing granted lease after protracted council debate  Taranaki Daily News  27 July 2022

Community hub plans changing to meet regional needs     Taranaki Daily News  5 July 2022

New Plymouth's proposed hub on track to secure funding Taranaki Daily News  24 February 2022​​​​​​​


A sporting chance Live December 2021

New plan removes one hurdle to New Plymouth's proposed hub  Taranaki Daily News  20 December 2021

Project Director hired for New Plymouth's proposed multi-sport hub  Taranaki Daily News  8 December 2021

New Plymouth will get water meters council decides  Taranaki Daily News  19 May 2021

New Plymouth councillors slam dunked with support for sports hub proposal Taranaki Daily News 5 May 2021

New Plymouth football hub's future hinges on outcome of sports proposal Taranaki Daily News 29 April 2021

Sport Taranaki committed to collaborative approach to New Plymouth multi-sport hub Taranaki Daily News 28 April 2021


Sports hub included in NPDC draft plan for next decade  Taranaki Daily News 22 December 2020

New Plymouth kids tell council committee of their support for sports hub  Taranaki Daily News 25 November 2020

Feedback wanted on multi-sport hub for New Plymouth  Taranaki Daily News 6 October 2020

The plan to give Taranaki a place to play Taranaki Daily News 12 September 2020

$91m sports hub could complement Yarrow Stadium upgrade  Radio New Zealand 6 September 2020

Sport Taranaki CEO Michael Carr interviewed by Bryan Vickery for Hokonui Taranaki 4 September 2020

New Plymouth multi-sport hub plans launched Taranaki Daily News 3 September 2020 

Multi-sport hub a step closer Sports News Taranaki 3 September 2020

​​​​​​​Sportspeople eagerly await hub Sports News Taranaki 9 September 2020

A Sporting Chance

Live Magazine December 2021


Project management and partnership:

Emma Crofskey



Communications and media:

Andrew Moffat


(027) 838 6525​​​​​​​