Hohepa (Harry) Jacob Community Rugby Centre officially opens
The Hohepa (Harry) Jacob Community Rugby Centre has been officially opened in Levin today. The new building, located at Playford Park, was opened in front of Jacob’s whanau alongside Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) Board of Directors and Rugby Committee. The naming of the building is dedicated to Hohepa (Harry) Jacob following his service and contribution to rugby in Horowhenua Kapiti.
The Hohepa (Harry) Jacob Community Rugby Centre will be used as a development centre off-field, being able to facilitate a meeting space for coach, player, referee, personal and professional development opportunities for our rugby community.
Arana Moore, great-grandson of Hohepa (Harry) Jacob, spoke at the opening of the journey of Hohepa.
“It’s a great honour and privilege for our whanau that you’ve bestowed the name of Hohepa (Harry) Jacob on this new whare for the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union.”
The new centre is the first building development the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Football Union have been involved in since the construction of the grandstand at the Levin Domain in 1961.
Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Corey Kennett, addressed the whanau of Hohepa and how special it is to dedicate the naming to Hohepa (Harry) Jacob. “This is a very special year for the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Football Union as it’s our 125th Year. Today is a very special occasion to honour a great man and a great rugby player.”
David Selby and Robyn Gardner cut the ribbon