Foundation work at the Te Kaha arena site

Activity on the grounds of Canterbury’s $683 million multi-purpose arena Te Kaha has begun in earnest.

On the 6.8 hectare site in the central city of Christchurch, pile driving has begun using rammed aggregate piers.

Three platforms have already driven thousands of meters of piers into the ground to support Te Kaha’s western stand.

When completed, the rigs will begin ground improvement work for the northern and southern stands.

Construction on the stadium is expected to start early next year.

GOOD VIBRATIONS: The three rigs are piling ground using rammed aggregate piers. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

The multi-use arena project was ‘officially’ launched this week in the presence of invited guests and dignitaries.

The ambitious 30,000-seat indoor complex is expected to be commissioned in April 2026.

By Geoff Sloan

– Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

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