ABOUT

HAWKE'S BAY HOCKEYS VISION

To enable the continued growth and development of hockey and it’s supporting infrastructures to ensure a sustainable, accessible and future-proofed community hockey model.

THE BACKGROUND OF HAWKE’S BAY HOCKEY

Hockey has been played throughout Hawke’s Bay by both men and women since the late 1800’s with archives showing representative teams competing for the Province since that time. Initially and for most of the past century, Hawke’s Bay Hockey operated as an umbrella Association with 3 sub-associations in Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay, then in 1977, the Hawke’s Bay Hockey Association, in its present form, was formally incorporated. For many years, hockey was primarily based at Marewa Park in Napier and Frimley Park in Hastings but with various other parks used throughout the Region. The completion of the artificial turf in 1990 (initially a sand-based turf) at Park Island saw not only a shift of Club hockey from Marewa Park, but also a dramatic change to the game in Hawke’s Bay. A second water turf was completed in 2004 and the original turf converted to a water-based turf in 2006

THE STRUCTURE OF HAWKE’S BAY HOCKEY

All Hockey players competing in the HB Hockey run competitions – both Clubs and Schools – must be affiliated to the Association which is governed by an elected Board of seven.

The current Board is made up of the following people:

  • Dan McAleese (Chair)

  • Kit Rutherford

  • Tania Fulcher

  • Johnathan Field

  • Matt Suckling

  • Joanna Sloan

  • Andi Leydesdorff

President of the Association

  • Celeste Jones

Patrons

  • The Mayor of Napier – Mrs Kirsten Wise

  • The Mayor of Hastings – Mrs Sandra Hazlehurst

HAWKE’S BAY HOCKEY STRATEGIC PLAN

Hawke’s Bay Hockey’s aim is to be the centre of excellence that promotes and develops the sport of hockey in Hawkes Bay.

Hockey is one of seven sports identified by Sport NZ for development over the next five years. Hockey New Zealand has published a Whole of Hockey Strategy and Business Plan with the aim of fuelling hockey’s growth and sustainability throughout New Zealand.

We will at all times display professionalism, respect, transparency, consistency and integrity in all our dealings.

THE STAFF AT HAWKE’S BAY HOCKEY

HB Hockey staff: