The New Zealand Masters Games will take place in Whanganui in February 2019, with exactly 300 days left in the countdown to this iconic and popular event.
Whanganui District Council Chief Executive, Kym Fell says the Council will play a significant role in the delivery of the 30th Anniversary Games in 2019.
He says, “The economic value of the New Zealand Masters Games in Whanganui is estimated to be in excess of $3M each time it’s held. It’s an event Whanganui people are very proud to be associated with and one which brings visitors to Whanganui while also providing valuable fundraising and networking opportunities for our sports clubs.”
Mr Fell was appointed by Whanganui Mayor, Hamish McDouall to the New Zealand Masters Games Company, which is chaired by Whanganui District Councillor Philippa Baker-Hogan.
He says, “I feel very strongly that the Council should play a stronger role in the delivery of the Games in Whanganui and that the delivery model should be more closely aligned with Dunedin’s, which is working very successfully.”
Tasha Parker, currently Strategic Lead of the Council’s Venues and Events team, has been contracted to take up the position of Games Manager, bringing considerable business management and events experience to the role.
Ms Parker says she is already living and breathing all things Masters Games. “This is such an iconic event, with huge spin-off benefits for our community. It’s New Zealand's largest multi-sport event and I am not letting a single day go by without making progress towards this being a brilliant event in 2019.”
“Today we're just 300 days away from our 30th birthday,” she says. “In 2019, the New Zealand Masters Games celebrates its 30th Anniversary in Whanganui, and sport lovers from all over the world will be invited to join thousands of locals to celebrate this milestone with us.”
Mr Fell says, “We have also reviewed the governance of the Games and Leighton Toy, who is the Council’s General Manager, Property , has been appointed by the Mayor to chair the Whanganui (New Zealand) Masters Games Trust (formerly Wanganui Events Trust).”
The Trustees are: Leighton Toy, Trust Chair; Danny Jonas, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Whanganui; Derek Pickering, Plant Manager at Mars Petcare; James Bowen, Principal at Moore Stephens Markhams; Sarah Pomeroy, Manager, Communications and Marketing at Whanganui District Council; Mike Cronin, Project Manager, BSM Group Architects Ltd and Trevor Strong, owner of Evolve Lighting.
Mr Toy says the Trust’s new strategic direction will be a sole focus on delivering a single Masters Games Trust event every second year.
He says, “Community support from volunteers and volunteer sports co-ordinators is critical and a partnership has been developed with Sport Whanganui which we believe will considerably strengthen the Games for 2019.”
“Sport Whanganui is ideally placed to work alongside our local sports clubs to deliver a memorable event and they are already proving to be invaluable partners. Ambassadors for the Games will be announced soon and engagement with the clubs is already underway.”
New Zealand Masters Games Company Chair, Philippa Baker-Hogan, says the New Zealand Masters Games Company is actively pursuing naming rights sponsorship and has commissioned the services of the Giblin Group to assist with this process.
About the Whanganui New Zealand Masters Games
The Whanganui New Zealand Masters Games is a spectacular celebration of nine days of Masters Sports and ten nights of entertainment at the Games Village, in the heart of Whanganui's CBD. The event opens on February 1 and runs until February 10 2019.
In addition, 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the first New Zealand Masters Games.
The New Zealand Masters Games are held annually, hosted alternately by Whanganui and Dunedin.
The New Zealand Masters Games are open to anyone as long as you meet the minimum age for your chosen sport (usually around 30 years of age). There are no qualifying standards to participate, just a healthy appetite for fun, trying new sports and enjoying the renowned social atmosphere of the Masters Games.
For information on the Whanganui New Zealand Masters Games or to express your interest in hosting, hospitality or entertainment opportunities visit the Games website www.nzmg.com