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Semenoff Stadium / About

Semenoff Stadium is a multipurpose facility catering for conferences, meetings, weddings, functions, festivals, concerts and sports events. Semenoff Stadium is governed by the Northland Events Centre Trust through a management agreement with Whangārei District Council (WDC).

Semenoff Stadium has hosted a number of successful events including RWC 2011, FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015, DHL British and Irish Lions, Vodafone Warriors, SuperRugby, Six60 concerts, Whangārei Fritter Festival, Christmas Festival, Mitre 10 Cup, Rugby League Northland and Northland Football Federation. The stadium is hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2021.

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Northland Events CentreStadium Redevelopment

Semenoff Stadium redevelopment was completed in May 2010 at a cost of $18.5 million. Northland Regional Council contributed $13 million and Whangarei District Council $3 million towards the new Northland Events Centre.

Central Government contributed an additional $2.5 million to allow the events centre facility to meet Rugby World Cup 2011 standards.

The new facility was designed by Copeland Associates Architects and built by Argon Construction. It was officially opened by His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand the Governor-General of New Zealand one year after completion on 28 May 2011.

Prior to the redevelopment Okara Park as it was known, was predominantly used for rugby union events and managed by the Northland Rugby Union.

The old facilities served the Whangarei region for the previous 40 years but had reached the end of their economic life.

The old grandstand built in 1965 was not up to the required standard to host high quality sporting fixtures, concerts, cultural events or major functions.

The event centre provides opportunities for the Northland region to have a quality, well planned and fully equipped venue for major sporting, entertainment, cultural and family events.

The venue has a capacity of 18,500.

Northland Events Centre Trust Board

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    Phil Halse

    Phil Halse, Ex Farmer, Waipu rugby supporter,  Former Player, Chairman, President, current Patron and Life Member of the Northland Rugby Union.  Past board member of the Chiefs and Blues Super Rugby Franchises.

    Current Bream Bay Ward councillor on the Whangarei District Council. 27 consecutive years as a councillor holding various role with-in different councils from Committee Chairman, Inner City 20/20 Development Chairman, Deputy Mayor, Acting Mayor.

    Gave the welcoming speech to dignitaries at the 2011 Rugby World cup on behalf of Northlanders. A dedicated all sport supporter with vast Governance and financial experience.

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    Alistair Wells

    Alistair has lived in Northland since 1997 where his work has included running an engineering and project  management consultancy, local government and tertiary education.

    He currently works at MWA Solutions.

    With respect to the Northland Events Centre Trust, he has a background in  economic and community development which includes initiatives to encourage  growth and investment in Northland and infrastructure developments to enhance  amenity and recreation in the Far North.

    He has strong networks with Government  and Local Government and maintains a strong interest in working with projects that actively enhance the region.

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    Daniel Yorke

    Daniel Yorke was born and raised in Whangarei. He grew up in Waipu and Ruakaka and still resides in the Bream Bay District.
    He's been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years, self-employed for over 10 and the Director of his own Accounting practice called Yorke Stone and Associates. The firm is based in Whangarei and is made up of a team of 8.
    He is passionate about what goes on in Whangarei and is especially interested in how he can use his skills as an accountant, businessman, rugby supporter and entertainer to help and contribute towards the sustainability of the Northland Event Centre and therefore Whangarei's and the Region's economic growth.
  • Gavin Benney

    Gavin Benney moved to Whangarei in 1983 and is a proud Northlander.
    He served in the Police locally for over 30 years and is now a business owner and Whangarei District Councillor for Denby ward (second term).
    A long time player, coach, administrator and referee in rugby and several other sports, he is keen to contribute to the governance of NECT and develop relationships with stakeholders to maximise community use of this wonderful facility.
  • Sandra Boardman

    A regular visitor to Northland since emigrating to New Zealand in 2003, Sandra moved to Whangarei in 2017 to take up the role of General Manager Community for Whangarei District Council.
    She is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and previously worked in the health sector, including executive planning and funding roles at both Taranaki and Southern District Health Boards.
    Sandra is Whangarei’s representative on the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2021. As a passionate music fan Sandra is keen to support the ongoing development of Semenoff Stadium as Northland’s premier concert venue.