Crowdfunding campaign to rename Basin Reserve

Fringed with pohutukawa trees, the Basin Reserve is a much-loved cricket ground. Photo: NZ Herald
Fringed with pohutukawa trees, the Basin Reserve is a much-loved cricket ground. Photo: NZ Herald
A crowdfunding campaign is being launched to call the country's most famous cricket ground the Support Women's Sport Basin Reserve.

The move comes from a group of Olympic female athletes including Sarah Cowley, Megan Compain and Chantal Brunner, who have teamed up with creative agency EightyOne.

They want to raise $100,000 for two years of naming rights of the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Chantal Brunner. Photo: Getty Images
Chantal Brunner. Photo: Getty Images

Jason Wells, who has worked on the campaign, said securing the naming rights would be an opportunity to keep the issue of women's sport coverage to the fore.

"It's fantastic that we're starting to recognise women's sport a little bit more but we've still got a long way to go," he said.

"And that's what this is about, I want my daughter to have role models that she can see on TV and covered just the same as what my sons do. At the moment it's not equitable."

The Basin Reserve Trust has struggled to find a naming sponsor for some time.

City councillor Fleur Fitzsimmons, who is a Basin Reserve Trustee and holds the recreation and community facilities portfolios, said she supported the campaign.

"We will be sending an important message to girls and women across the world that in Wellington we value the role of women in sport," she said.

"I want all girls to feel valued when playing sport at whatever level. We have more work to do to ensure equal pay for women and men in sport and much more to do around promotion of women athletes and women's sport, but renaming our premier test cricket ground to support women's sport is an important symbol."

Mayor Justin Lester said the initiative was brilliant and one everyone should support.

"I look forward to the day when our daughters can achieve the same level of personal and financial success in their chosen sport as our sons," he said. "I look forward to them achieving equal pay and recognition, and the support they deserve."

Sports Minister Grant Robertson said: "Visibility is one of the three themes of our Women and Girls in Sport Strategy, and there is not many places more visible than the Basin Reserve.

"More opportunities for women and girls to participate, compete and suceed in sport is good for our future as a fair and healthy country"

If more than $100,000 is raised in the campaign, Support Women's Sport would look to extend the time period of any naming rights it secured.

The campaign will launch tonight and be held over the next 17 days.

Comments

I support the cause and what these women are wanting to achieve but this idea just seems a ludicrous waste of money to me. Part of me also thinks it's wrong to name it anything other than the Basin Reserve but I have to accept that like at other grounds a change is inevitable.

Sorry Trevor ... don't agree with your comment that change is inevitable.

Lords cricket ground has kept its name since 22 June 1814 and I'll bet left testicle that it won't change in my lifetime ... what's left of it ... and I do believe Lords allow women to play cricket on their grounds and have done without having to change its name. "Ladies" just doesn't do it for me ... ;-)

"We will be sending an important message to girls and women across the world that in Wellington we value the role of women in sport." Could City councillor Fleur Fitzsimmons please explain what message this sends and does she intend to crowdfund ... (rip people off) ... in order to get ALL cricket grounds renamed to encourage women to participate in sport.

I think the Silver Ferns have proven that it doesn't make any difference what the name of the ground is to become one of the best women's cricket teams in the world ... ICC Ratings for Test cricket 2nd ... ODI 3rd ... T20 3rd ... 20/20 6th in the world out of 92 countries with women's cricket teams.

But hey ... maybe Ko te Rahui Basin ... or possibly ... Te Kirikiti Kirikiri a te Ariki ??
may be approprate.

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