Downer has announced it is partnering with NRL club Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to take one of their “home” games to Christchurch, New Zealand, next year.
Manly’s round three match against the NZ Warriors on 30 March has been moved from their usual home at Brookvale Oval to Christchurch Stadium – and Downer has been named the Presenting Partner.
As Presenting Partner, Downer branding will appear across the Sea Eagles’ special Māori jerseys and will be involved in community events leading up to the match.
The partnership will add to Downer’s long and proud history in New Zealand, which stretches back 150 years.
“We are delighted to align with the Manly Sea Eagles’ commitment to Christchurch, which is more than just taking a game to the region,” Downer CEO, Grant Fenn, says.
“At Downer, we have a strong commitment to Aotearoa and this game is about engaging positively with the communities in which we work.
“Downer works closely with the development of Māori in our business including Te Ara Whanake, our leadership development program, and I know our teams will be looking forward to a great game of footy when the Sea Eagles play the Warriors.”
Over 17,300 fans attended the Sea Eagles’ “home” game against NZ Warriors at Christchurch Stadium in June this year – and an even bigger crowd is now expected for the return of this game in March.
“To attract such a strong and established organisation such as Downer as our Presenting Partner in just our second year visiting Christchurch is something we are very proud of and an opportunity we are very much looking forward to sharing with Downer,” Sea Eagles CEO, Lyall Gorman, says.