The Eden Park Trust is a statutory, not-for-profit body corporate registered with the Charities Commission and governed by the Trust Act and the Amendment Act 2009.
The Trust's long-term vision for Eden Park is to develop a world-class stadium that provides a legacy to both our neighbours and our patrons.
“The objects of the Eden Park Trust are to promote, operate and develop Eden Park as a high quality, multi-purpose stadium for the use and benefit of rugby and cricket, as well as other sporting codes and recreational, musical and cultural events for the benefit of the public of the region. Further, the Trust Board shall administer Eden Park and the Trust Assets on a prudent commercial basis, so that Eden Park is a successful, financially autonomous community asset. In promoting, operating and developing Eden Park, the trustees, in fulfilling their respective duties as prescribed by the Act, will need to give due regard to the needs and contributions by and the historical interests of the Auckland Cricket Association, the Auckland Rugby Football Union and the contributions made by the Crown for the redevelopment of the Stadium.” 2007 Heads of Agreement
Redevelopment of Eden Park for Rugby World Cup 2011
In 2007 a Heads of Agreement between the Trust Board and the Crown was signed for the redevelopment of Eden Park Stadium. A separate body, aptly named the Redevelopment Board, was established. Its aim was to oversee the funding and management of the overall development of Eden Park for RWC 2011. Following the challenge of a practical completion certificate for the improvements to the Stadium, the Redevelopment Board completed its responsibilities and its activities were wound up.
Eden Park Trust Member Biographies
Doug McKay (Chairman)
Doug McKay brings considerable commercial experience to the board with previous roles as either CEO or Managing Director at Procter and Gamble, Lion Nathan, Carter Holt Harvey, Goodman Fielder, Sealord and was the inaugural CEO of Auckland Council. He is now a full time professional director on the boards of NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, Griffins Foods, Bank of New Zealand, IAG Insurance, Genesis Energy, Ryman Healthcare, and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Michelle Boag Michelle Boag has 30 years’ experience in government, consultancy and corporate public relations and is currently a principal of Boag Allan SvG, a Strategic Communications Consultancy. She has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector, including as a current Trustee of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and as a former President of Variety Club New Zealand. She has previously served on the boards of the Auckland Cricket Association, Manu Samoa Rugby Limited, the Mt Smart Advisory Board, Television New Zealand and the Auckland Surf Lifesaving Association.
Ken Baguley is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 40 years’ experience in Chartered Accountancy, specialising in IT services. Ken was Chairman of Auckland Rugby from 2001 to 2010. He was an Auckland City Councillor and Chairman of Transport Committee from 2007 to 2010. He is currently an Orakei Local Board Member – Auckland Council. He is also a Trustee of The Halberg Trust and Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Ken holds RMA Making Good Decisions certification, valid until June 2014.
From an initial accounting background, Paul has accumulated in excess of 35 years’ business experience. He was the founder of the EDL Group of Companies, comprising a branch network throughout Australia and NZ. Having sold the businesses, Mr Lucas has for the last eight years been a company director, business consultant and investor in a range of private companies. Mr Lucas has previously served on the board of the Auckland Cricket Association, 1996 – 2000 and in 2008 was co-opted back to the board, serving currently as Deputy Chairman and a member of the finance committee. He is also Chairman of the Auckland Cricket Development Foundation.
Morris Pita has worked in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom in a range of commercial, strategic and project management roles for Mighty River Power, BG Group and Ernst & Young. Mr Pita has an MBA from the University of Oxford, in addition to a Master of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland. He operates a boutique consultancy business, Shea Pita & Associates, advising organisations working in Maori economic development, particularly in the energy sector. He is also a member of the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards.
Rex Smith has more than 40 years’ experience in property negotiation specialising in the central and local government sectors. He currently operates his own property consultancy business. Mr Smith holds a post graduate degree in Political Studies from the University of Auckland. A former member of the Eden Park Board of Control, he is the current Chairman of the Auckland Cricket Association.
Alan has 25 years of experience as a CEO and Global Marketing Director of global organisations within the telecommunications and FMCG industries. His roles have been based in Amsterdam, Singapore and London with the Heineken organisation and in New Zealand as CEO for Spark (formally Telecom) Retail. He is currently the Founder/Managing Director at Quantiful, an Independent Director for Australasia’s largest strategy, design and interactive company Designworks, on the Advisory Board of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and the Auckland based investor group, Ice Angels. He also dedicates time to working on the Boards of successful early stage companies such as Stqry and is Chairman of Parrot Analytics.
Nicky has had a blue chip career path with companies such as Lion Nathan, Fletcher Building and Carter Holt Harvey where she has delivered best-practice strategy, sales, marketing and commercial outcomes. This is complimented by a range of entrepreneurial business experiences including the start-up of the Hell Pizza franchising business. She is currently a Director and shareholder of her own businesses, including Evolution of Surfaces Ltd. which has the DuPont™ agency for Corian® in New Zealand.
Nicky’s skills and experience in not-for-profit and commercial governance also include current and past Director roles at the Auckland Rugby Union, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, the Auckland Rugby Referees Association, Hell Pizza and LifeLine New Zealand. In 2013 Nicky was the inaugural recipient of the Auckland Institute of Directors Emerging Director award.”
Vicki Salmon is an experienced CEO and Director of private and public sector entities with extensive business experience in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Vicki is a self-employed business consultant and a Director of Coopers Creek Vineyard. From a background in Chartered Accountancy, Vicki’s past experience includes roles as CEO and Director of Group Rentals and publicly listed Restaurant Brands and as a Director of Auckland District Health Board. Vicki also brings extensive event business experience to the Park, as a former CEO of the Ellerslie Flower Show and involvement with the Netball World Championships.
Eden Park Management Team
Guy Ngata (Chief Executive Officer)
Brett Winstanley (Chief Financial Officer)
Steve Donaghy (General Manager Infrastructure & Operations)
Nick Sautner (General Manager Commercial)
The Chairman of the Eden Park trust Board, Mr Doug McKay, has announced the appointment of the Park’s new CEO, Mr Guy Ngata.
Mr Ngata joins Eden Park from the 21,000 capacity Allphones Arena in Sydney, where he has been General Manager for the last three years.
Mr Ngata is an Aucklander who is taking up the Eden Park CEO role after five years overseas, which included finalising the construction completion then the operational execution of the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. This project involved a partnership arrangement with stadium operator AEG, the National Basketball Association of the United States and Chinese partner Oriental Pearl Group. During World Expo 2010 this venue operated for 184 consecutive days servicing 1.3 million patrons to ticketed events and 6.7 million retail customers.
Prior to his overseas experience in the stadium business, Mr Ngata was CEO of Vector Arena in Auckland, with previous roles at Trusts Stadium in West Auckland and Manager of Coaching at Auckland Rugby for five years.
“We are fortunate to have someone with the mix of stadium and sporting experience that Mr Ngata has accumulated during the past fifteen years,” said Mr McKay.
“His international experience, combined with his existing networks in New Zealand, make him a highly desirable appointment and we look forward to welcoming him on 1 January during a very busy summer of sporting events for Eden Park,” Mr McKay said.
Eden Park Annual Report
The Eden Park Trust Annual Report
(31 October 2015)
It is my pleasure to present the Annual Report of The Eden Park Trust (EPT) for the year ended 31 October 2015.
The 2015 financial year included a number of exceptional events which will long be regarded as great moments in New Zealand’s sporting history. Two riveting Cricket World Cup victories by the Blackcaps, over Australia in pool play and then South Africa in the semi-final will both be remembered as amongst the greatest events hosted at Eden Park. The Bledisloe Cup victory by the All Blacks over Australia was also a tribute as the final home test match for several long serving All Blacks, including our own Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock, and the world record breaking test appearance for the captain, Richie McCaw.
From a financial perspective the year’s limited event schedule provided some challenging issues. The Cricket World Cup was subject to a range of non-standard commercial arrangements which limited the financial return to the venue; the scheduling of the CWC event created a reduction in Super Rugby matches at the Park and a delay in the season commencing; the Rugby World Cup necessitated a reduction in the domestic test rugby schedule, hence only one test match was played at Eden Park in the year.