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New Covered Yards Lease Scheme

Posted by ESNZ Admin on Thursday, 25 July 2013

A new covered yards complex is to be built at the Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre, Taupo - with support being sought from ESNZ Members by way of a seven-year lease scheme.

Wallie Niederer, NEC Convenor, says the new covered yards complex will be an important complement to the proposed indoor stadium.

He says the NEC has received generous funding of $25,000 from the Transpower CommunityCare Fund to get the covered yards project underway.

To generate additional capital for the project a lease scheme has been developed.

 The scheme will enable owners/riders or their nominees to purchase for $1,000 (plus GST) the right to lease a new covered yard at the NEC for a seven-year period. This can be paid in full or in installments of $100 over a 12 month period and a tax invoice will be supplied.

The new yards will have power (lights and plugs) and water and will have an overnight charge of $20.

 "Covered yards are always in high demand during competitions at the NEC. By taking out a yard lease riders and owners are not only supporting the building of the covered yards but ensuring they have the guaranteed use of one."

The design of the yards will be similar to those at Manfeild and Foxton showgrounds with a centre aisle and yards facing inwards and outwards. The complex will be located on the right-hand side of the current main truck entrance.

"We have taken tenders from builders and will be evaluating the best option in terms of construction and cost but we really need to generate the capital to get started."

Niederer says it is important ESNZ members are aware the Fiber Fresh NEC Taupo belongs to them.

"The NECs at Taupo and McLean's Island are self-financing through their users and do not receive any additional funding support from ESNZ. The positive aspect of this is that all money generated goes back into the Centre for its benefit and that of its users who are members of ESNZ."

The land at the NEC Taupo is on a long term lease from the Department of Conservation. LandCorp also allows the NEC to access its neighbouring block for use when required.

"Earthworks are to be carried out in the next few months with the aim of having the yards built by the end of 2013.

 "We have a great team of locals who volunteer their time and earth moving equipment which is a significant saving to the NEC."

To purchase a new covered yard lease, or for more information on the scheme, please contact Mark King, email: or phone 07 376 1700.

For more information, please contact:

Wallie Niederer

Fiber Fresh NEC, Taupo Convenor

Ph: 0274 930 652

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