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Synthetic Turf Specialist

North Harbour Hockey

Auckland, New Zealand

Performance, Quality and FIH Certification were prerequisites for North Harbour Hockey

“TigerTurf WETT Pro is the best surface we have had at North Harbour Hockey and is already a firm favourite with our hockey community,” said Riki Burgess, the CEO of North Harbour Hockey.

TigerTurf resurfaced the main hockey pitch at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium with TigerTurf WETT Pro, giving North Harbour the ability to host international tournaments on the most technically advanced playing surface available in the world.

North Harbour Hockey has excellent facilities with superb pitch

North Harbour hosts several major national hockey tournaments and international events every year, and wanted a top class pitch to match the high standard of its facilities at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium.  

There was a limited amount of time available in which to carry out the resurfacing of the pitch, as it is used all year  by the hockey community. TigerTurf was able to comply with the restricted time available for the project with some careful planning.

TigerTurf WETT Pro hockey surface

WETT Pro is made from extremely durable monofilament yarn, which gives this surface its outstanding properties: a longer playing life than other hockey turfs, a safe, non-slip surface, with free movement of the stick and ball in all directions. The ball sits on the ends of the blades making more accurate, powerful shots possible. 

The hockey pitch had to be playable with a limited supply of water, which TigerTurf WETT Pro surface can do, and to maintain effective drainage during the wet winter months. 

TigerTurf installations are carefully designed to drain freely even in wet climates, and North Harbour commented: “The WETT Pro surface drains the fastest of our 3 water turfs, allowing play right through our wet winters.”

TigerTurf also needed to ensure the gluing system used with the new turf enabled the turf to be easily lifted and relocated to the new National Hockey Centre facility.

TigerTurf rubber shock pad gives players an advantage

TigerTurf WETT Pro is installed over a rubber shock pad to extend the life expectancy of the hockey surface and to improve the feel of the surface for the players. The soft, spongy surface also encourages the skilful stick play and technical manoeuvres of the players.

Hockey players expend a great deal of energy in racing up and down the pitch; a good rubber shock pad absorbs impact, reducing the risk of injury. Did we mention that hockey players tend to overreach themselves, and falls are not uncommon? The humble, spongy rubber shock pad that lurks beneath our hockey surfaces is a hero in many ways. 

Date Project Completed: February 2016

Area: 6000m2

Surface: TigerTurf WETT Pro

Base: Existing base

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