Miter 10 Park CEO Jock Mackintosh, left, with longtime contributors David Smith, center, and Brendon Smith, right, at the park’s canoe polo facility. Photo/Warren Buckland
A local family extends their contribution to Miter 10 Sports Park by pledging to fund canoe polo and sports field facilities.
Brendon Smith, owner of Pak n’ Save Hastings, contributes a total of approximately $100,000 annually to support the park in its operations and development.
He said the donations were aimed at ensuring that the whole community can access these types of multi-sport facilities.
“I was happy to continue with the arrangement as the park has great assets for grassroots sport and it suits us perfectly. I really enjoy coming on a Saturday during the winter sports season and seeing literally thousands of people. children use the facilities.
The Smith family, beginning with Brendon’s father, David Smith, 13 years ago, contributed nearly $2 million to fund the park.
David said he got involved in sponsoring the park early on for the community.
“We get so many people hammering us for sponsorships, but it was something we could put some money into so everyone in Hawke’s Bay could use it. I’m just glad Brendon continued on this momentum.”
Miter 10 Park CEO Jock Mackintosh said the funding provided by the Smith family was a major factor in keeping running costs low.
“People don’t realize that we only get 15-20% of our users’ revenue. The balance comes from sponsors, trust funding and the Council.”
“The Smith family and the Ricketts brothers of Mitre10 are very important funders and without them the cost to users would double,” he said.
Mackintosh said the now officially named PAK’nSAVE Hastings Canoe Polo Center opened in 2020 and is considered New Zealand’s best.
It regularly hosts national events, including the New Zealand High School Championships which took place at the end of March.
He said the sports grounds host football, rugby league, rugby and Touch.
The fields attract 50,000 users a year and have also hosted major events such as Christmas in the Park.