The government has announced 8 million dollars for the demolition and rebuild of the Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union grandstand.

The existing one isn’t safe and is in dire need of replacement. The project involves the demolition and rebuild of a fit for purpose grandstand and facilities for Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union (PBRFU) and the community of Gisborne.

“This is a massive win for Gisborne. The grandstand has been closed since May last year and a new fit for purpose grandstand will be a welcome addition for the community – while also creating about 30 jobs.” Labour MP Kiri Allan said.

The building had an initial seismic assessment which found it to be only 15 per cent of New Building Standards prompting it to be closed with the PBRFU board deciding the facility was too high risk to continue using.

“Over lockdown the absence of live sport was missed throughout the country, because we went hard and went early – our teams are back out on the field and I am so stoked that this project has got the green light for our region.” Labour MP Kiri Allan said.

Construction is expected to begin by January 2021