It's on! Will you be there?


1/02/2019 1:40:00 p.m.

1 February 2019

Whanganui’s Downer New Zealand Masters Games is set to lift off today with the whole community invited to join in the opening ceremony and celebrations.

Leighton Toy, Chair of the Whanganui New Zealand Masters Games Trust, says the official opening will kick off a stunning ten day event, celebrating 30 years of the Masters Games event, which started in Whanganui in 1989.

“We want to open up the Games Village to the whole community this evening and to have Whanganui people of all ages join us for a free, family-friendly event.”

Mr Toy says the Games are treasured by the Whanganui community. “I’d like to invite everyone to take part in some way, whether it’s providing a friendly Whanganui welcome to our visitors, joining us for events, or signing up as a participant in one of the 50 sports on offer.

“Every two years we have this tremendous opportunity to welcome thousands of participants and supporters to Whanganui. They come to compete, enjoy great camaraderie and socialise in our wonderful little city and the economic benefits run into around $3 million.”

The opening ceremony on Friday, 1 February starts at 6:15pm with guests gathering at Majestic Square for a formal welcome into the Games Village, led by John Maihi.

The Wanganui Community Choir and Wanganui Male Choir will perform, followed by a parade of sports partners and the receiving of the flame from Dunedin, who hosted the 2018 Games. Shane Cortese and the 8 Track Band will round out the entertainment from 9:00pm.

Mr Toy says, “The atmosphere should be great out on the War Memorial Centre forecourt, with the Nation Bar on site and fantastic food and entertainment on offer on opening night and throughout the entire Games.”

To sign up for the 2019 Downer New Zealand Masters Games, visit the Games website


Programme for Opening Ceremony - Friday 1 February 2019

6.15pm                 Guests assemble at Majestic Square

6.30pm                 Pōwhiri

6.45pm                 National anthem with the Wanganui Community Choir and Wanganui Male Choir

6.55pm                 Sports Partners march

7.00pm                 Welcome addresses

7.05pm                 Kapa haka

7.20pm                 Reading of Masters Games oath and receiving of flame from Dunedin

7.25pm                 Games are declared open

7.30pm                 Entertainment

9.00pm                 Shane Cortese and the 8 Track Band perform    


Games Village Entertainment Programme for 2019 Downer New Zealand Masters Games

Friday 1 February

6.15pm Pōwhiri and Opening Ceremony

9.00pm Shane Cortese and the 8 Track Band

Saturday 2 February

7.00pm Re-set

9.00pm Wildcard

Sunday 3 February

7.00pm Still Undecided

9.00pm Three Screws Loose

Monday 4 February

7.30pm In Business

8.30pm CoverStory

Tuesday 5 February

7.00pm Multimedia Quiz Night

9.00pm Harmony Showdown

Wednesday 6 February

6.00pm Under Cover

8pm Mojo

Thursday 7 February

6pm Under Cover

8pm Green Floor

Friday 8 February

7.00pm Whiskey Mama

9.00pm Kaos

Saturday 9 February

7.30pm Damn Raucous Brass

9.00pm The Replicants

Sunday 10 February

6.00pm Closing Ceremony

Page reviewed: 01 Feb 2019 1:40pm