New Zealand Masters Games set-up revealed


18 June 2018

New concepts and ideas for the New Zealand Masters Games 2019 will be revealed at a launch on Friday 6 July, where official Games Ambassadors will also be announced.

The launch marks 30 weeks to the official opening of the games, which will be held in Whanganui from 1-10 February. The 2019 New Zealand Masters Games marks the 30th anniversary of the event in New Zealand.

Tasha Parker, event manager, approached participants from the last New Zealand Masters Games held in Whanganui for their ideas.

“We asked people to tell us what they wanted and have worked hard to make sure this feedback is taken into account as we put together the programme for 2019. We hope the launch will give everyone a taste and feel of what to expect in February 2019 and we plan to round off the night with a taste of the musical entertainment. People will also have the opportunity to see the brand for the 2019 New Zealand Masters Games and ask questions.

“We are expecting to have a great night and generate a lot of excitement for next year. Hopefully it builds some momentum and keeps it in people’s minds as something to look forward to in the New Year.

“We know one of the hot topics from 2017 was the Games Village, and we’ll have the artist’s impression for 2019 for all to see, including details of the entertainment line-up featuring several Whanganui acts.”

Sport Whanganui Chief Executive Danny Jonas says the Whanganui sporting community plays an important role in the New Zealand Masters Games and more than 45 individual sporting codes have been engaged for their input into delivering a successful event.

“There is a really positive buzz among the codes to be part of next year’s 30th anniversary of the games. Without our sporting codes, quite frankly there wouldn’t be any games.”

The New Zealand Masters Games runs from 1-10 February 2019 with the Games Village based at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre.

“We’ve listened to considerable feedback in regards to the bar, food, entertainment and issues about access during the 2017 event and we’re confident the 2019 village will bring back the festival atmosphere to the Games. With Waitangi Day events taking place around the corner in Pakaitore, the central business district will be alive with entertainment during February next year.”

To register your interest in attending the launch, please contact Merle Benson at or phone 349 3106. The launch will be held at the Cooks Gardens Event Centre and numbers will be limited.

Those unable to attend in person on Friday, 6 July, will be able to view the launch from home as it will also livestreamed on the New Zealand Masters Games Facebook page.

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