Downer to spon­sor the Masters Games

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

The New Zealand Masters Games is com­ing to Whanganui in Fe­bru­ary with the power of in­fra­struc­ture gi­ant Downer be­hind it. Downer has signed on as nam­ing rights spon­sor giv­ing a huge boost to the 30th an­niver­sary of the Games which will be cel­e­brated in Whanganui from Fe­bru­ary 1-10.

It’s now the Downer New Zealand Masters Games, the deal com­ing 10 years af­ter the last such spon­sor­ship, pro­vided by ACC in 2009.

Masters Games com­pany chair­woman Philippa Bak­erHo­gan said she was de­lighted to wel­come Downer as pre­mier nam­ing rights spon­sor.

“Downer is very well known in Whanganui and through­out our re­gion. With es­tab­lished lo­cal re­la­tion­ships and strong com­mu­nity fo­cus they are the ideal part­ner for this iconic event,” said the for­mer Olympic rower and now district coun­cil­lor.

“Sign­ing with a nam­ing rights spon­sor was a sig­nif­i­cant break­through, giv­ing us both fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity and the po­ten­tial to in­crease the vis­i­bil­ity of the 30th an­niver­sary event. Early in­di­ca­tions are that the 2019 Downer New Zealand Masters Games in Whanganui will be a great suc­cess and an oc­ca­sion to re­mem­ber.”

“Com­mu­ni­ties are at the heart of what we do, and we have been a part of the Whanganui com­mu­nity for decades, Downer ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Craig West said.

“Sup­port­ing an event of this cal­i­bre will help to drive a stronger econ­omy for the re­gion.

“It is just one way that Downer con­trib­utes to build­ing a stronger New Zealand.”

Craig said Whanganui-based staff were al­ready ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the Games. “We have a strong in­ter­est from our peo­ple — we can’t wait to get into the 2019 Downer New Zealand Masters Games.”

Downer has been build­ing and main­tain­ing in­fra­struc­ture in New Zealand for over a cen­tury and to­day is the lead­ing provider of in­te­grated ser­vices across the coun­try.

The Downer New Zealand Masters Games will be held in Whanganui from Fe­bru­ary 1-10, mark­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of the Games.

Over 50 events are of­fered with a con­tin­u­ous pro­gramme of en­ter­tain­ment of­fered at the Games Vil­lage, which will be based out­side the War Me­mo­rial Cen­tre in cen­tral Whanganui.

Early bird regis­tra­tions are now open at www.en­

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