Be a saint by travelling smart to games
Hurricanes, Phoenix, Firebirds and the Pulse: the Saints are calling you out.
Coming off a season undefeated, the Wellington Saints have teamed up with Smart Travel NZ to challenge other sports clubs to create a better video that will get fans to travel smarter.
The Saints and Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) have showcased a carpooling service, Smart Travel NZ, in a clip encouraging crowds to use their mobile app to attend their games next season.
The carpool karaoke-style video has had more than 20,000 views on Facebook.
It shows recently-retired Saints player Damien Ekenasio heading to Wellington’s TSB Arena while he uses the Smart Travel app to pick up team-mates Jordan Mills, BJ Anthony, and Shea Ili – not to mention their hitchhiking mascot, Gorilla – along the way.
Wellington Saints general manager Fran Scholey says carpooling through the app is a great way for fans to share parking costs during games.
Travelling together is ‘‘more social – fans can mix and mingle with each other’’.
GWRC sustainable transport projects co-ordinator Susan Hutchinson-Daniel says carpooling could help to reduce time, money, and traffic congestion while letting fans have ‘‘a laugh along the way’’.
The app was a great way to meet people in your neighbour- hood and it was good to have the support of the Saints, she says.
The Smart Travel app was soft-launched on May 8 and a range of rewards is up for grabs when users start logging their trips.
As for the challenge to other teams, all Hutchinson-Daniel had to say is: ‘‘Put your best songbirds forward and show us what you can do.’’
In the video, Ekenasio raps ‘‘No DJz’’ for his teammates – a 2006 song from his earlier career as a member of New Zealand hiphop group Beatrootz.
The Wellington Saints were undefeated in the 2017 season, winning last month’s final 108-75 over the Southland Sharks.
It was their 10th National League title.
Register for the Smart Travel NZ carpooling service at smarttravel.org.nz or by downloading the app.
Recently retired Wellington Saints player Damien Ekenasio, left, and Jordan Mills during filming of their carpool karaoke video.