Takanini Gurudwara is hosting a mega three-day event from Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21, on the occasion of the inauguration of its world-class multimillion-dollar sports complex in Takanini.
‘NZ Sikh Sports Complex’ under the Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday, March 21 and the event is expected to be attended by over 25,000 people over three days.
The official opening ceremony of the NZ Sikh Sports Complex was delayed by over a year due to the Covid-19 lockdown last year.
The sports facility is open to the wider community to use, including all local clubs and schools. The complex includes an artificial turf sports field for hockey, football, a volleyball turf, a basketball court, two cricket pitches, Kabaddi ground.
The complex also has a netball field, four running tracks, a playground for children, two water bores with treatment plants, 450+ car park space, mesh fence and 350 fruit plants surrounding the picturesque sports complex.
The complex has a world-class stadium standard lighting system, floodlights, sound system, water facility, bathrooms, toilet facility including changing rooms, a solid fence around the hockey field, and 18 security cameras to monitor every corner of the complex.
All seven sports fields are international standards, and the soccer turf has been approved by FIFA.
“This will be a historic event for the entire South Asian community; the local boards of Manurewa, Takanini and Papakura are also closing working with us to provide wider community services to our people,” Daljit Singh, from Supreme Sikh Society of NZ, told The Indian Weekender.
During the three-day mega event, several cultural and sports activities will be held, including Kabaddi, football, hockey, volleyball, netball, basketball, tug of war, 100m sprints and cricket speed gun competitions. The activities are open to both men and women and of all age groups, and activities for senior citizens will also be conducted.
A football match is also being conducted between the boy's team, Auckland United Football Club and NZ national U-20 football girls team at the event.
CEO of Sport New Zealand Raelene Castle, NZ Football President Johanna Wood, and CEO Andrew Pragnell, are some of several top sports executives to be present at the event.
The event will also be attended by caucus members from the National, Labour, Green and Act Party, councillors of three local boards, Auckland Council executives, representatives from NZ Police, and other government bodies will be present at the event.
Supreme Sikh Society has been in the news most of 2020 for its community service, helping the broader community during different levels of lockdown.
SSSNZ had distributed over 100,000 free food bags to the community suffering due to job loss and lockdown last year and continues to host a bi-weekly free food drive inviting community members in need to pick up a food bag from their Gurudwara premises whenever in need.
For its work, SSSNZ received several accolades and certificates from the High Commission of India in Wellington, Counties Manukau South Police, Papakura Local Board, Mayor of Auckland, Office of Ethnic Communities, and more.
SSSNZ also won the People’s Choice NZ Food Heroes Award 2020 and were finalists in the Greater Good NZ Food Heroes Award.