Be a saint by trav­el­ling smart to games

Kapi-Mana News - - MOTORING - JAKE MCKEE CAGNEY

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.

PHOTO: JAKE MCKEE CAGNEY

Re­cently re­tired Welling­ton Saints player Damien Eke­na­sio, left, and Jor­dan Mills dur­ing film­ing of their car­pool karaoke video.

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