Colin Chester helps to form the backbone of the North Harbour Hockey Association (NHHA). He has undertaken a huge array of roles for the NHHA over many years and continues to make a significant contribution to help us maintain success on and off the turfs, and to be the caring whanau-based organisation we are today.
Colin is a Life Member of the Hibiscus Dairy Flat Hockey Club (HDF) where he has performed roles as player, committee member, umpire, coach, and President. With Chesters Plumbing acting as a proud sponsor of HDF he has enabled the club through a commercial partnership, to develop and generate quality players, coaches, and volunteers, and has served 10-years as a member of the Hibiscus Hockey Trust.
A community hero, Colin is renowned for his many years coaching at Kingsway School and Orewa College. Building strength at the grassroots of our hockey community is where Colin has made his mark. Hockey on the Hibiscus Coast now plays a fundamental role in the NHHA’s primary school competitions and acts as a critical steppingstone for players beginning their hockey journey.
He is always amongst the first to lend a hand, picking up a whistle or getting stuck into a working bee. The go-to guy at our former Rosedale Park premises, Colin could be relied on to fix about anything that needed attending to. As a friendly and knowledgeable face at NHHA-hosted international events, including the Sentinel Homes World League Finals and the first Pro League matches hosted by the NHHA. His positiveness and natural charisma make Colin an essential part of any NHHA volunteer team, showcasing our game and venue.
For this and other contributions, Colin was awarded NHHA Volunteer of the Year in 2008 and the Harbour Sports Excellence Award in 2009.
The NHHA was honoured to support Colin’s nomination and receipt of the Hockey New Zealand Gold Service Award in 2019 recognising 25-years of service to hockey. This award highlighted his passion for Master’s hockey – an influential player, coach, and manager for over 10 years. Colin personifies dedication, with his hard work leading him to achieve international honours representing New Zealand and North Harbour Masters to win Gold at the 2016 World Cup event.
Colin believes strongly in equal opportunity for members of our community to participate and perform to their hockey potential. His past and ongoing assistance to enable players to participate and compete, from youth to Master’s level hockey is an incredibly valuable contribution to a greater good.
Exemplifying the kiwi stereotype of a ‘Good Sort’, Colin extends his determination to enable equal opportunity by upcycling and distributing used hockey equipment. From humble beginnings at North Harbour this is now a national community initiative. And it was with pride that we witnessed Colin being presented with a ‘Good Sorts’ award on national television as a local legend who always goes above and beyond for their community.
Colin’s contribution to the NHHA was recognised previously as one of our 25 Legends of North Harbour at our 25th Anniversary Celebration. And it is now with great pleasure that the Board of the North Harbour Hockey Association honours Colin Chester with Life Member status.
Bronwyn Coomer-Smit & Larry Stenberg
Board Co-Chairs – North Harbour Hockey Association
02 August 2022