Hagley Oval petition gains traction

A mix of influential business people and cricket personalities have put their names to Canterbury Cricket’s Ipetition, supporting the development of Hagley Oval into an international venue.

The on-line petition now has more than 2000 signatures.

Well-known local businessman Humphry Rolleston is among the signatories, along with Hamish Doig, Todd Heller, litigator Jonathan Eaton and Paul Lonsdale, of the Central City Business Association.

Comments from those signing include:

Barry Maister, former Olympic hockey player and member of the International Olympic Committee:

“All large park spaces can be enhanced by the controlled recreational /sporting usage of open spaces to better utilise those spaces for the public good. Cricket is a sensible and enhancing activity, which works easily and unobtrusively in this area of long standing cricket usage.

Central city landowner Peter Guthrey: “Stunning. Will be a great asset to the City, especially when televised worldwide.”

Cricket heavyweights include Sir Richard Hadlee, Craig McMillan, and Glenn Turner, who said the development was long overdue.

Former New Zealand cricket captain Graham Dowling: “ At last Canterbury Cricket has come up with a viable long-term solution to bring international cricket back to this city. It must get the go-ahead.”

Barry Hadlee, a former New Zealand cricketer: “Hagley Park to me has always been the true home of Canterbury cricket, a field dedicated to the game and its nurture. Having viewed the before and after photos I remain very supportive of the proposed intended use as a Test and first class venue.
It has beenused in that manner in the past and I do not believe the ambience of this beautiful park will be lost in any way.”

Canterbury Cricket CEO Lee Germon said he was delighted that Martin Snedden, former CEO for the organising body of the Rugby World Cup 2011 and current chief executive of the Tourism Industry Association NZ, had separately voiced his support and was encouraged by the public support for the

“Looking through the names on the petition, it’s great to see such a mix of people – not just names associated with cricket but business people and the wider community.”

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