Master your difference

As naming rights sponsor of the New Zealand Masters Games, Downer New Zealand had over 100 employees participate in this year’s Games.


The 10-day event featured action shooting, fishing, waka ama, golf, mountain biking and even jigsaw-puzzle racing – something for everyone!

After waiving the entry fee for Downer, Hawkins and Spotless employees, Team Downer ended up with a decent medal haul – performing well in the waka ama (outrigger canoeing), mountain biking, golf, netball, yachting, fishing and more. 

Zero Harm Advisor, Selwyn Ponga-Davis, took part in the waka ama competition.

“I participated because Whanganui is my home town. I’m proud that our town was the foundation of Downer when our Tuakana, Arnold Downer, went to college here,” Selwyn said. “Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko aue. I am the river and the river is me. It was a given that I was going to put waka ama high on my list of preferences to participate. The waka ama team performed really well and it was so great to get out there and compete with many like-minded people.” 

CWNOC Operations Manager, Aaron Waitai, picked up a medal for motocross and spoke about the importance of Downer being aligned to these games.

“It’s great to have Downer’s brand out there, helping people come together in a positive and healthy way to be able to enjoy a sport,” Aaron said. “I felt like I had been run over by a truck after my race, but it was great to be a part of the camaraderie, compete against work mates and meet new people with the same interests.”

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the games. If you didn’t enter this year, the games return to Whanganui in 2023, so there is plenty of time to train and perfect your skills!