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Cash boost for Yarrow Stadium repairs

A project to repair New Zealand’s Yarrow Stadium has been given a NZ$20 million shot in the arm from the government.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on a visit to New Plymouth that NZ$48m would be pumped into seven projects in the region to boost the economy and create about 290 jobs.

One of those was to co-fund the NZ$50m repair and redevelopment of Yarrow Stadium, alongside Taranaki Regional Council.

The project includes repairs to Yarrow Stadium’s two main stands, which have not been used since June 2018 as they are considered an earthquake risk.

There will also be technology upgrades, new LED lighting and improvements to the pitch.

Ardern said:

Projects like sports facilities, pools and libraries unite communities and supporting them is a win-win for regional economies and social wellbeing, as we reap the rewards of going hard and early in response to Covid-19 to get our regions and economy back open again.

The grandstands at Yarrow Stadium have been out of use for several years due to earthquake risk and the community has been looking for solutions.

Contractors are currently being sought to work on the redevelopment of the venue that was badly damaged by an earthquake in 2016.

Registrations of interest are being sought from companies looking to provide construction services on the North Island venue, which continues to operate at a significantly reduced capacity. The stadium is home to Taranaki Rugby.