Nui Street Ball is a suc­cess for kids

Napier Courier - - News -

Six Maraenui pri­mary schools took to the bas­ket­ball court re­cently, as part of an on­go­ing ini­tia­tive sup­ported by UnisonFi­bre and lo­cal po­lice.

Now in its sixth year, the Nui Street Ball is or­gan­ised by Maraenui Po­lice and UnisonFi­bre to bring their com­mu­nity to­gether.

Teams of Year 6 stu­dents from Te Awa, Marewa, Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ ori O Te Ara Hou, Maraenui, Rich­mond and Henry Hill schools played four-on-four in the car park at Maraenui shop­ping cen­tre, with UnisonFi­bre and Maraenui Po­lice host­ing an af­ter-match BBQ.

Po­lice Con­sta­ble Hoki Ward said the event, which be­gan as a chal­lenge be­tween two schools, has con­tin­ued to be a great suc­cess and now in­volves six schools.

“We are thrilled at how this event has evolved and grown in just six years. It’s all about sup­port­ing the kids of Maraenui and en­cour­ag­ing them to get in­volved with sport, so the more we can reach the bet­ter.”

He said the op­por­tu­nity to build on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Po­lice and the Maraenui com­mu­nity was also a key driver be­hind the event.

UnisonFi­bre Gen­eral Man­ager Mike McGar­vey said the com­pany shared the view of Maraenui Po­lice around the im­por­tance of strength­en­ing com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships.

“We look for­ward to this event each year, and we’re pleased to see how it has grown.

“The kids re­ally seize this op­por­tu­nity to shine and see­ing the smiles on their faces is price­less. It’s great to be part of some­thing that has such a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Mr McGar­vey.

This years’ win­ning school was Henry Hill School which won the es­teemed Nui Ball shield and six bas­ket­balls for the school.

Maraenui pri­mary school stu­dents take to the bas­ket­ball court at the Nui Street Ball.

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