Te Kaha Stadium ‘dials’ One New Zealand


New stadium in New Zealand naming rights Image: Venues Ōtautahi

The New Zealand telecommunications company One New Zealand is the naming rights partner of the Te Kaha Stadium, currently under construction in Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand.

Now called the One New Zealand Stadium, this is an iconic 36,000-concert capacity, roofed venue located in the central City, managed by the Council’s venue and event management company, Venues Ōtautahi. The current naming rights partnership spans 10 years, from 2026 to 2036.

A ‘Venues Ōtautahi Post on LinkedIn’ quoted Venues Ōtautahi head honcho Caroline Harvie-Teare as stating that One New Zealand is the perfect partner for the Te Kaha Stadium (now the One New Zealand Stadium) with its extensive experience and insights which will be invaluable in driving event attraction and venue activation.

Auckland (New Zealand)-based One New Zealand is a New Zealand telecommunications company. The One New Zealand is the largest wireless carrier in New Zealand accounting for 38 percent of the country’s mobile share market in 2021.

The Venues Ōtautahi is the Christchurch City Council-owned venues, event and asset management company. The Venues Ōtautahi attracts, plans and delivers a broad range of ticketed, business, civic, lifestyle, wedding, culinary, and community events, including most of all major entertainment and sporting events in the City of Christchurch and manage a diverse and iconic portfolio of community venues.

The premier venues of Ōtautahi (Christchurch) are an iconic part of the City – spaces for connection, celebration, entertainment, trade and manaakitanga (hospitality and generosity). From the historic to the contemporary, each has something unique to offer, and each plays a vital role of supporting Christchurch’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing. Operated with the community in mind, these are spaces for all people, young and old, to create memories, discover and grow, and look to the future, together. Nau mai, haere mai (Welcome to our place).

Commented Caroline Harvie-Teare, “This partnership will enable us to generate significant commercial value while staying true to our core values of diversity, inclusion and social good. Together, we look forward to seeing the One New Zealand Stadium become an iconic venue not only hosting world-class events but also enriching the social, cultural, environmental, and economic fabric of our community.”

The ‘Venues Ōtautahi Post on LinkedIn’ further stated that the current partnership spans 10 years, from 2026-2036, which the One New Zealand Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jason Paris says is a reflection of One New Zealand’s commitment to the South Island and Canterbury – “The One New Zealand Stadium will bring the best music, live entertainment and sports, including the mighty One New Zealand Warriors (a professional rugby league football club based in Auckland, New Zealand, which plays in the National Rugby League) to Christchurch and we’re stoked to be the naming rights partner. The Cantabrians have been waiting a long time for a world-class stadium and this multiuse arena is certain to deliver. We’re proud of our existing long-term partnerships, whether it’s our 25-year longest in the National Rugby League (NRL) history with the One New Zealand Warriors, or five years of music with the Live Nation (American multinational entertainment company), and we believe the best partnerships are when both companies share a passion for truly delivering for their customers over the long term.”

Sydney (Australia)-based the National Rugby League (NRL) is a professional rugby league competition in Australasia which contains clubs from the New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and New Zealand.

The Christchurch Mayor Phil Mauger congratulated Venues Ōtautahi and One New Zealand on their new partnership – “This announcement is so exciting for Christchurch as it’s a huge step towards realizing this world-class venue (the One New Zealand Stadium) that our City has waited so long for. With the extensive event activation experience that One New Zealand and Venues Ōtautahi share, the future is looking very bright for the Christchurch events landscape. We cannot wait to roll out the welcome mat at the One New Zealand Stadium to the local and the international artistes, the corporate events and the sports fixtures that it will attract.”

The One New Zealand Stadium is the last of the major post-Earthquake Anchor Projects, each of which symbolizes another step in a long road to recovery. The stadium is a symbol of resilience, endurance and strength and, while the venue’s name will now be the One New Zealand Stadium, the whenua (land) and precinct will continue to carry the Te Kaha (enduring strength) name.

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