Downer spon­sors Mas­ters games

Stratford Press - - Health & Wellbeing - By MARK DAW­SON Edi­tor Wan­ganui Chron­i­cle

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 al­ter­nate yearly be­tween Whanganui and Dunedin.

They will be cel­e­brated in Whanganui from Fe­bru­ary 1-10.

The deal with Downer comes 10 years after the last spon­sor­ship, pro­vided by ACC in 2009.

Mas­ters Games com­pany chair­woman Philippa Baker-Ho­gan 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,” she said.

“Early in­di­ca­tions are that the 2019 Downer New Zealand Mas­ters Games 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.”

West said Whanganuibased 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.

With over 12,000 em­ploy­ees in New Zealand across over 200 sites, Downer works along­side cus­tomers and com­mu­ni­ties to un­der­stand their needs and bring world lead­ing in­sights and so­lu­tions to life.

Spot­less and Hawkins are also part of the Downer fam­ily.

Hawkins is New Zealand’s lead­ing con­struc­tion busi­ness and de­liv­ers non-res­i­den­tial build­ing ser­vices across a va­ri­ety of sec­tors.

Spot­less de­liv­ers tai­lored in­te­grated fa­cil­i­ties so­lu­tions to clients across Australia and New Zealand, pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial ser­vices in­clud­ing cater­ing, hos­pi­tal­ity, laun­dry man­age­ment and fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment.

Downer, Hawkins & Spot­less say they are are proud to be the nam­ing rights part­ner of the Downer New Zealand Mas­ters Games.

Downer staff, with Mas­ters Games Trust chair­man Leighton Toy (left), Whanganui Al­liance Man­ager Dave Ni­cholls (cen­tre) next to Philippa Bak­erHo­gan with Games man­ager Tasha Parker (right).

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