North Harbour Bays Athletics Inc


Club Vision

To be the most outstanding Athletics Club in Australasia across the entire spectrum of athletics activities (Track & Field, Road, Cross Country, Children’s Section, Senior Section, Masters Section) for all levels of personal, recreational and performance achievements, working in association with AUT Millennium.

Club Mission

We will provide all the elements necessary to provide a pathway for every member to excel at whatever appropriate level they choose, especially on the National and International stage, in an environment that has:

  • Excellent unified administration and management
  • World-class coaching, facilities and equipment
  • A range of innovative and exciting programmes
  • Best possible appropriate competition opportunities
  • In a club that is financially self-sustaining
  • With a friendly and supportive social structure
  • At an appropriate cost for the value of the product and services

Club Values

Integrity and Ethics

We conduct our day to day affairs in a professional and honest manner in respect to our members, governing bodies, officials and other competitors and the community.


Our goal is to do the very best that we can, to compete and maximise our potential as an organisation and as individuals.  The pursuit of excellence, in an honest and open way.

Respect for People

We maintain an environment built on mutual respect, openness, and individual integrity. Respect for people includes our concern for all people who touch or are touched by our organisation: members, family of members, employees, partners, and communities.

Respect for Property and Rules of the Sport

To respect all property including Club property, AUT Millennium and any other facility and equipment used in our sport and to respect the rules and practices that relate to facilities, property and equipment

To have Fun

In all events we participate and contribute to be positive and have fun.

Foster Drug Free Sport

To uphold the Mission of Drug Free Sport in New Zealand.  “To provide a sporting environment free of banned doping methods for our Club and our athletes".

Club Pride

As New Zealand’s premier athletics club, show and demonstrate pride in the Club. Continue to support and build onto the legacy of those members before, who worked hard to build the reputation of North Harbour Bays Athletics. To act in a way, so as not to undermine this reputation,

Embrace Innovation

Foster an environment in which new ideas and ways of doing things flourish and develop.

Stadium ‘Storm’ Policy


The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for dealing with approaching storms and the aftermath of any storms that hit the area. The primary goal is to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff; the secondary goal is the protection of the facility and its property. Auckland is vulnerable to strong gusty westerlies which can be accompanied by thunderstorms, and rarely tornadoes.

AUT Millennium is located on average 77 meters above sea level, which provides some protection against flooding, but exposes the property to strong winds and lighting strikes.

Closure conditions

The stadium area will be immediately closed to all users and staff if any of the following conditions are present;

  • If at any point staff, coaches, or officials determine that the weather poses a risk to safety.
  • Heavy rainfall greater than 24mm per hour.
  • Severe hail storms containing stones 20mm in diameter and above.
  • Strong gales reaching 75-88 km/hr and above.
  • Upon hearing thunder and/or seeing lightning.
  • Any visible tornadoes (or reports of tornadoes in the area).

Severe Weather

If there is advanced notice of severe weather hitting the area, there are a number of tasks that will decrease the risk of damage to people and property.


  • Move all vehicles inside where possible, and secure those left outside.
  • Ensure all rigging, straps and covers are secure on high jump, long jump, and pole vault areas.
  • Secure any loose mats or equipment.
  • Close and lock (where possible) all doors and windows.
  • Empty and secure all rubbish bins.

During the storm

  • If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows, and shelter further inside the house.

After the storm

  • Check for injuries and help others if you can, especially people who require special assistance.
  • If property is damaged take notes and photographs for insurance claims.
  • Avoid walking through flooded water as it may be contaminated.


Lightning presents a real risk of death or serious injury to outdoor patrons and staff. If any lighting strikes are present within 10km of the facility, safe shelter should be taken. In the absence of specific weather information, the 30/30 guide line should be used.

30/30 guide

The 30/30 guide is made up of two parts, the first refers to when outdoor activities should be stopped. And the second to when it is safe to resume activities.

If the time between hearing a thunderclap is less than 30 seconds, the thunderstorm is within 10km. Stop all outdoor activity and move to shelter inside buildings or vehicles. Do not seek shelter under trees, out in the open, or in small open structures.

You should wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder is heard before resuming outdoor activities.

Track Policy

All athletes and coaches are asked to take ownership
of the track and work together to protect it

NOTE:  ”Needle” or “Pin” spikes and cleats of any kind are strictly not allowed.

Maximum length spikes are essential to performance and track longevity. Throw, running and jump activity maximum of 9mm.

AUT MILLENNIUM only permits “Pyramid” or “Christmas Tree” spikes (also called compression tiered spikes) to be used on the track for athletic activity. Maximum length 9mm.

These spikes will provide ideal performance for athletes on your Rekortan® surface. They are designed to compress the surface rather than dig in, providing energy restitution to the athlete, especially for sprinting events and result in less damage to the track surface.

Sprint drills when wearing spikes

Not permitted, must use “flats”.  Only “flats” (running shoes) or track spikes are permitted on the track.

Start locations for sprinting activity

Start locations for sprinting activity are subjected to high wear and as such will require some rectification work prior to full resurfacing of the track. Control of the activity in these locations and moving regular “sprint start training activity” to less used areas of the track will reduce the need for expensive part-resurfacing works during the mid-stages of the track life.

Supervision and attention of activity at start locations is strongly recommended to ensure minimisation of damage from starting blocks.

Due to the variety of systems specific recommendations are not possible other than spikes should be of the above nature and the usage of them advised to athletes and facility users.

Sled use

Sled use is required as part of a High Performance Training facility.  Sleds are restricted to lanes 7 & 8 on the back straight. As to the types of sleds, if there is clear evidence that one sled results in more wear than another, it would be good to review and it would certainly make sense to factor that in to future decisions around usage. Anything that provides a point of weight (whether a dumbbell or vehicle for example) or has a significant dragging force or shearing force or any object (of significant weight or shape) that could be dropped is not allowed on the track.

Double ended Pole Vault facility running in front of main building on the west side of stadium track.  Other athletes may use the runway if the stadium is booked and the indoor track is not available as long as no sleds or start blocks are used and a specific booking is made outside of on-going access hours.

There is to be no jumping or running onto the mats by non-pole vaulters.

General stadium track and field rules: 

  • No spitting
  • No smoking
  • No chewing gum
  • No glass or sharp objects
  • Use rubbish bins provided

Throws Policy

This policy details the procedures to be followed by all users at all times to ensure safe practice when using throwing equipment/facilities @AUT MILLENNIUM

ANZ, Bays Athletics & North Sport Academy agree to use the lower throws field as the primary throws training area to help relieve the stadium for multiple use at ALL times.

Use of the AUT Millennium throwing facilities is only permitted by arrangement with stadium management 

  • There is to be no throwing HAMMER within the main stadium field unless a specific booking has been made and approved through AUT Millennium management AT ALL TIMES
  • There is to be no throwing DISCUS, JAVELIN or SHOT PUT within the facilities unless a specific booking has been made through AUT Millennium or is within allocated Club/Academy/ANZ times as per agreement
  • Hammers, discus and bars are not to be thrown outside the nets. Only safe implements (bags, rubber hammers or discuses, med ball) can be thrown outside the nets, and only under coach supervision.  Such throwing should be only standing throws and not turns
  • The barrier rope (including warning signage) is to be in place on both sides of the stadium field or any other possible landing area before throwing (hammer, javelin, and discus) can commence and field must be clear of any unauthorized athlete, coach, official or spectator
  • No fully weighted SHOT PUTS are to be thrown onto the stadium field
  • Spotters and throwers must double check before throwing that the field or any other possible landing area is clear and make sure that any person involved in training and in the possible landing area is watching. There is to be no throwing if this is not the case
  • No-one except the thrower should stand closer than 3m from the cage net
  • Hammer turning drills cannot be done when people are within proximity
  • When retrieving implements check that nobody is going to throw
  • In case of multiple throwers using the same field from different places (e.g. Discus and Hammer) make sure that there are no interferences and risks when retrieving implements
  • Never throw an implement back towards the cage
  • Hammer cage net in the main stadium must be fully lifted up and only one side door open.  For discus both sides can be opened
  • When coaching somebody doing drills always stay well behind them
  • All runners must stay outside of the roped off throwing area
  • All guests to AUT Millennium must be advised of the stadium regulations and when the stadium is booked by other parties
  • Athletes should always be aware of who is throwing and where, and be in a safe place
  • No athlete under the age of 14 can throw without supervision of coach or adult

Procedures to be taken at all times to minimize damage to throwing equipment/facilities

  • Nets must be raised in place every time a hammer or discus is thrown from the circle when using the main stadium hammer cage
  • Nets are to be raised when the gates are in “closed” position. Then the gates can be opened. This is not only easier to raise the nets but it reduces wear on the ropes. Throwing gates, especially for hammer throwing, are there for safety and must be used at all times. Coaches are especially asked to supervise this when using the main stadium hammer cage
  • Throwing gates must be bolted in place, especially when the last person leaves.  This is because strong winds will damage the structure otherwise, if gates are left to swing. Should this happen, through negligence, repairs might not be easily funded so all will be inconvenienced
  • Implements can cause damage to the stadium field. This is to be repaired immediately after use.  Forks, spades and soil are available in the equipment shed.  Throwers must be aware that there are often other users of the stadium field
  • After finishing training, all equipment (implements, tapes, forks etc must be accounted for and returned to the proper storage and the hammer cage secured)
  • AUT Millennium will maintain all facilities to a safe standard and facility users will immediately report any damage, hazards or need for repair

    Indoor Throws Area - Rules and Safety Guidelines
  • Athletes must be accompanied by a coach in this area at all times
  • A coach must always be present to supervise
  • Coaches only to adjust indoor temperature
  • Doors must be closed and locked during sessions. Signs must be put on the outer of the internal and external doors “throws in progress, please knock to enter”
  • Only 1 athlete inside throwing area at a time
  • Users must be seated when not throwing (except for coach)
  • No coaching inside the netting for hammer throwing
  • Unused implements should be keep in storage chest
  • Maximum number of people - 5
  • Net entry – to the right, exit - from the left
  • Access to the computer terminal is via HPSNZ staff
  • Bookings:  via Michelle Wood – / 021 849 098 or alternative contact as directed by ANZ
  • Priority is for Athletics NZ High Performance Coaches and Carded Athletes

Health and Safety

  • Follow established protocols and policies required to maintain a healthy, safe environment for all users
  • Act responsibly and with concern for your and others health and safety
  • Report any hazards, accidents/incidents and near misses to AUT Millennium reception, Property or Stadium Manager
  • No items to be thrown from the front circle in the lower throws field hammer cage. Front circle is for DRILLS ONLY. The front circle refers to the circle closest to the net opening. This offers further control to the trajectory of throwing items