History of the Trust
The Bay of Plenty Cricket Trust (CC 41339) was constituted in 2009 by the Bay of Plenty Cricket Association. The purpose of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Trust was 'to enable and encourage the community to play cricket or other games and sports thereby assisting in the physical health and well being of the Bay of Plenty community. '. In 2014 the Bay of Plenty Cricket Trust was renamed Bay Oval Trust.
The Bay Oval Trust is responsible for the development of the Bay Oval, which is situated on Blake Park, Mount Maunganui. The Bay Oval now comprises an international level cricket ground, wickets, outdoor (grass) practice nets and a newly completed pavilion, with player facilities second to none in New Zealand.
The catlyst for this venture occurred when first class cricket was lost from from Blake Park in 2001. Management and Board recognised that it was essential to the profile of cricket that first class games were returned. This was an opportunity to look ahead 50 years, to grasp the potential of what the ground could become to Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty and indeed to New Zealand.
The Bay Oval project became active in 2005 when it was adopted as part of the Blake Park sporting precinct future development policy. Since then all ground works have been completed, and the Bay Oval has been functioning both as a multi level cricket ground (junior, club, representative and first class levels) and as a community sports ground with regular junior soccer and rugby during the winter months.
The Bay Oval has also hosted a free community Christmas concert, the 2011 Cancer Society Relay for Life, and was ‘home base’ for the 2012 NZCT AIMS (Association of Intermediate Schools) Games.
Since the idea of the Bay Oval was first mooted and then accepted by Tauranga City Council in the 2005 Active Reserve Management Plan, there has been ongoing work in developing and designing a community pavilion for the Bay Oval. Trustees commissioned renowned architects Jasmax to work alongside the Bay of Plenty Cricket Trust to ensure a cost effective, highly flexible and appropriate community facility for the Bay Oval was designed.
To manage funding constraints Trustees In 2011 opted for a staged construction plan for the proposed Bay Oval Community Pavilion and by October of 2012 Stage 1A, the public toilets and ground user storage had been completed. In December of 2013 Stage 1B, comprising fleixible changing rooms (with a number of variations in size available depending on user requirements), player viewing areas, lounge, kitchen and meeting facilities was completed. The Trust believe that they have successfully designed a community building that will serve both the cricketing fraternity and the wider sporting and volunteer community very well.
The Bay Oval has become a facility which is the home of cricket in the Bay of Plenty, and a focal point for all cricket lovers and players alike!
Neil Craig is Chairman of Craigs Investment Partners and NZSX-listed Comvita Limited and is a director of both Pohutukawa Private Equity Limited and Pohutukawa Private Equity II Limited. Neil is also Chairman of Enterprise Angels, the Bay of Plenty angel investing group and a director of the New Zealand Social Infrastructure Fund. Previous roles include being a founding director of Mighty River Power and Dairy Equity Limited, and being on the Board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Neil founded Craig & Co Limited in 1984 and was instrumental in developing it into the national sharebroking and investment advisory business now called Craigs Investment Partners.
Craigs Investment Partners is 49.9% owned by Deutsche Bank and 50.1% owned by staff of Craigs.
Privately, Neil has interests in the horticulture industry and is an avid cricket follower including his role as Trustee of the Bay Oval Trust in Tauranga. In 2013 Neil was appointed to the board of New Zealand Cricket.
Craig Greenlees has lived in Tauranga since 1983, when he purchased his 1st Kiwifruit Orchard, previously working in the NZ Forest Industry.
Craig is Joint Managing Director of DMS Progrowers a Kiwifruit Post Harvest and Management company he co-founded in 1989.
He is a CA of the CAANZ (Chartered Accountants of Australia and NZ) and Member of the NZ Institutes of Management and Directors. Previously Craig was a Director of Zespri for 15 years including 6 as Chairman, and is currently Chairman of Avocado Oil NZ Ltd and a Director of a number of Kiwifruit associated businesses. A passionate follower of Cricket, Craig enjoys cycling, skiing and travel
Fraser is a qualified Chartered Accountant and business advisor, and is the Managing Partner of BDO Tauranga. He manages a portfolio of business services clients across many industry sectors and acts as professional Trustee to a number of Trusts. He has been in CA practice for over 20 years and is the BDO Partner responsible for strategic planning and business growth development. He is the past Trust Secretary of one of NZ's largest consumer energy Trusts and past Board member of Priority One which is Western BOP’s leading economic development agency. He is a current Board member of Northern Districts Cricket Association. Fraser was born and bred in Tauranga and played cricket for Bay of Plenty, Northern Districts A and Development sides until injury meant retirement at age 22. He was also an Auckland age group representative in both cricket and rugby. He is married with two children and his interests include supporting his family's endeavours, bagpiping, trout fishing and motorcycling. He is involved with a number of community, school and sporting organisations, and a Rotarian. Cricket, reading, eating and coaching kids sports are some of his passions.
Stewart Browne arrived in Tauranga in 1968. Since 1972 has been owner operator of a large electrical business in the Bay of Plenty.
Stewart represented King Country Teams in Rugby and Cricket. He represented Tauranga in Rugby & Cricket, captain of the Bay of Plenty Colt teams. He has also administrated in Cricket, Golf, Rugby over the years, including a stint as President of the Greerton Rugby in the 1980’s, now a life member of the club. Founder and Chairman of Vision Charities for 21 years, Stewart has been a supporter of many charities and sporting organisations over the last 30 years.
Bernadette is originally from Rotorua and after a career which took her to Japan, the UK and Auckland, returned to the BOP in 2013 to work for Zespri International Ltd in a Global Sourcing role. She co-founded Professional Services Recruitment firm, Ryan + Alexander Consultancy Ltd in 2016 where she is currently a Director. Bernadette also currently serves on the Boards of both WBOP Cricket and BOP Cricket.
Bernadette has two Primary school aged, cricket-mad sons and an ex-professional cricketer for a husband so has a very strong interest in the game but is also very interested in the Bay Oval's positive impact on the wider BOP region."
Peter Williams is a broadcaster and journalist who has been living at least part-time in Mt Maunganui for the last ten years.
He spent nearly 40 years with TVNZ as a sports commentator and news presenter and is now a radio host on Magic Talk.
Peter spent 15 years as a cricket broadcaster covering the Black Caps during their golden era in the 1980s and reported on them winning test series in England and Australia.
He is a former board member of New Zealand Golf and still writes on sport for various publications.