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WHANGANUI 2017: Issue#1 - May 2016

The New Zealand Masters Games Countdown is On ...

259 days to go!




We are so excited about welcoming you to Whanganui in February 2017 for the 28th New Zealand Masters Games. And, when you arrive, you will experience something new.

If you live in Whanganui, you may have heard the news that the Opening Ceremony will be at Cooks Gardens on Friday 3 February 2017. This is where you have the chance to fly the flag to promote participation and demonstrate passion for your sport. It is also about celebrating the idea and ideals around New Zealand Masters Games where competition among friends is relished. We will also welcome our international competitors and Whanganui Sister Cities who may wish to fly their country flag.

We are thrilled with the initiative to re-fresh The Games. The Village is now located at the War Memorial Centre in the heart of Whanganui’s CBD. The forecourt will be filled with food, beverages and products, while inside, you will find entertainment, free educational seminars, a selection of sports, social activities and check-in.

You will recognise some of the team who have helped make NZMG a tremendous success to date, and we will introduce you to the new people who will make the 2017 Games even better! So, over the next several months, please expect to meet the team of staff, volunteers and sponsors who make NZMG such a fabulous event.

As the new CEO of NZMG 2017 and Events Whanganui, I have the best job on the planet - to help make the event the world-class success that it can be. I can only do this with your help. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

My wish for you is that you have a fun, magical and memorable, safe and winning time in Whanganui. Please pass this on to friends, family, colleagues and neighbours who will enjoy the experience of NZMG.

Kathy Cunningham
Chief Executive Officer


Games Dates

The New Zealand Masters Games will be held in Whanganui from
Fri 3 - Sun 12 February 2017.

Registrations are open from Friday 15 July 2016.

Dates for sports and events are being confirmed - we'll let you know as soon as they are set!



Archery Gymsport Stair Racing
Athletics Hockey (Field) Swimming (Pool & Open Water)
Badminton Kayaking Table Tennis
Basketball Motocross Tennis
Blokart Motorcycle Classic Trials Touch
Bocce Mountain Biking Triathlon
Bowls (Indoor & Lawn) Netball Twilight - 400
Cricket Petanque Twilight - Lawn Bowls
Cycling Pool (8 & 9 Ball) Twilight - Mountainbiking
DanceSport Runs/Walks (5km, 6km Off Road, 10km, 1/2 Marathon) Twilight - Sports Accuracy
Darts Rock n Roll Volleyball (Indoor)
Dog Handling Rowing (Indoor) Waka Ama
Duathlon Shooting (Clay Target & Smallbore) Waterskiing
Fencing Snooker Yachting
Football Softball (TBC)  
Golf Squash  

Social Events

Euchre Motorcycle Road Ride Poker - Texas Hold 'em


Games Village

We're excited to annouce the Games Village will be located in the heart of the city at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre.

The Village is where you'll experience entertainment from musicians and comedians, local and international food, registrations and check-in, seminars and expos.

Games Village, Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Watt Street (Queen's Gardens), Whanganui.



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