Shortage of playing fields in Auckland puts community sport at risk

NZ Herald:

A shortage of playing fields and courts in Auckland is putting community sport at risk and needs addressing by central and local government, says National MP Nikki Kaye.

The former Minister of Education and Auckland Central MP is calling for better shared facilities between schools and Auckland Council to address growing demand for field time.

Auckland Sport and Recreation (Aktive) says the city is facing a shortage of nearly 200 indoor courts, netball courts, outdoor tennis courts and artificial turfs for winter sports in the medium term.

The council’s draft 10-year budget contains a $500 million capital shortfall for sport and recreation, says Aktive chief executive Dr Sarah Sandley.

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