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 https://www.nzmg.com/enter-now/
Programme for Opening Ceremony - Friday 1 February 2019
6.15pm Guests assemble at Majestic Square
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
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
Sunday 3 February
7.00pm Still Undecided
9.00pm Three Screws Loose
Monday 4 February
7.30pm In Business
Tuesday 5 February
7.00pm Multimedia Quiz Night
9.00pm Harmony Showdown
Wednesday 6 February
6.00pm Under Cover
Thursday 7 February
6pm Under Cover
8pm Green Floor
Friday 8 February
7.00pm Whiskey Mama
Saturday 9 February
7.30pm Damn Raucous Brass
9.00pm The Replicants
Sunday 10 February
6.00pm Closing Ceremony