Topic: Claudelands Arena Open Day 18 June 2011

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Despite the wet weather, almost 12,000 people attended the Open Day held at Claudelands on Saturday 24 June 2011. The new $68.4 million venue didn’t fail to impress.

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, who officially opened the venue, said "Everyone that I have spoken to has been absolutely thrilled with it. They love the way it looks, they love the facilities and people have said that it's really going to put Hamilton on the map."

Claudelands Open Day 18 June 2011

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Claudelands - the past
The Claudelands site was originally inhabited by Ngati Wairere on an area renowned as native bird hunting ground - also known as ‘Te Papanui' (a bird snarer's seat).

In 1886 a group of Hamilton residents, known as the Claudelands Syndicate, rented more than 80 acres from the Government and on expiry of the lease, purchased the land.

During their tenure, the syndicate leased the land to the South Auckland Racing Club. Ti-tree was cleared, a course laid and the first race meeting was held in 1887 when 1800 pounds was put through the tote. The area was used primarily as a race course, but also leased to other organisations for their activities.

The Waikato Agricultural and Pastoral Association bought the site in 1903 and the South Auckland Racing Club continued to operate, but in 1902 the now Hamilton Racing Club decided to look for a new venue and subsequently sold its interests in the showground to the Waikato Trotting Club.

Shared use
During the 1920s the site was used by the trotting club, the A&P Associations annual shows and gymkhanas, the Polo Association, greyhound racing and the Hamilton Motor Cycle Club, among others. Improvements to the site continued, and in the 1990s it was bought by Hamilton City Council to develop as a public recreational facility.

Public shows
The annual Winter Show was moved out to Claudelands in 1967 and began a long association with the Claudelands venue. 1984 also saw the very first Waikato Home show at Claudelands Showground's (as the venue was known at the time) and the four day show, which has grown to become New Zealand's largest home and garden show, attracted over 12,000 visitors.

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