Who Are We - Bruce Pulman Park offering world class Sports Facilities

Contact Us 09-295-0020

Who we are

Bruce Pulman Park is a new concept in New Zealand sports, recreational and leisure amenity integration for the community.  Our Sports Facilities are geared towards community excellence at all levels, our facilities encompass world class sports grounds and indoor Gymnastic and Sports Facilities over 64 hectares of spacious park surroundings.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring the best experience possible to help nurture a lifelong love of sport.

Our History

In the late 1980’s the Papakura District Council originally purchased the Park land.  In a unique structure the Trust has leased the park from the Council to provide the improvements and amenities.  The Trust’s philosophy being that everyone in the community irrespective of age, gender, physical ability or nationality can use the facilities and services provided, for recreation, leisure or sporting pursuits.

The Trust will continue to build the best facilities that we can whether they be buildings such as the Netball Centre, Pulman Recreation Centre (formerly Gymsport & Recreation Centre), Team Sports Facility, sporting grounds such as the Cricket Ovals or walkways through a scented garden for the blind.  The Park will also always be maintained to a high standard and utilised fully.   The Trust is looking forward to the future of our community and the Park is an investment for future generations of the Papakura and Counties Manukau region.


The Trust is very conscious of the economic demographics of people who live in this region.  The Bruce Pulman Park Trust has been set up specifically to maintain and manage the park on a self-funding basis.  The Park also operates as a Resource Centre for the many “minor activities and sports” throughout the region who may have fields or playing areas but no clubrooms, computers or administration back up to effectively organise and run their particular activities or train their volunteers.


We have had many events, large and small at the Park over the years including the World Masters Games (Basketball, Touch & Cycling), Relay for Life, the Circus, Papakura Fun Run and many regional, national and international sports competitions.   We look forward to hosting many more exciting community events and sports tournaments.

Find out more about what we have Around the Park.

Click here for our Privacy Policy

Meet our Board of Trustees

  • Gary Troup – Chair – Acting
  • John Bongard – Deputy Chair
  • Bruce Pulman
  • Mark Pulman
  • Leigh Auton 


Meet our Team

  • Steven Bartholomew     CEO – Acting
  • Laura Fourie                    Manager – Pulman Lodge
  • Colleen Acton                   Manager – Sales & Events
  • Nicole Terrill                    Manager – Marketing & Sponsorship
  • Mark Delay                       Manager – Facilities & Grounds
  • David Herbert                  Manager – Pulman Recreation Centre


Future Development on the Park

Things never stand still on the Park, the Trust is always looking at future projects and what can be done to improve the Park and provide for the local Community.

The latest project was the High Performance Throws Centre in partnership with Athletics NZ.

Find out what other projects are being planned for the Park in the future.

Bruce Pulman Park Concept Plan