Take a tour through New Zealand's rugby league history with the Sir Peter Charles Leitch Collection of memorabilia displayed in Mt Smart Stadium's East Stand.
About the Collection
Sir Peter Charles Leitch – aka The Mad Butcher – is a successful businessman and philanthropist. For decades he has been a staunch supporter of rugby league, sharing his enthusiasm and raising the profile of the game.
When the Warriors were formed in 1995, Sir Peter was very much involved. He promoted the team heavily in his radio spots, always giving league as much of a plug, if not more than, the Mad Butcher specials. In recognition of his support of the Warriors, the club have retired the #19 jersey in his honour.
"To say the game took over my life would be an understatement", he says, "My passion is a combination of the game itself and the people who are involved in it."
Sir Peter's sports memorabilia collection began with a league jersey here and there, but soon grew as the mementoes, trophies and priceless keepsakes accumulated. Over the years the collection has outgrown a number of homes.
Now, the ownership of the collection rests with a charitable trust that has been setup to guarantee that some of the country's most valuable sports memorabilia stays on show. In 2012, the majority of collection was moved to a new home in Mt Smart Stadium's East Stand.
It is free to view the collection, although viewing is by appointment only.
Please contact Mt Smart Stadium Reception on 09 366 2048 if you'd like to arrange an appointment to view the collection.