3 May 2016
KPMG PARTNERS WITH WORLD MASTERS GAMES 2017 TO CHAMPION THE BUSINESS OF SPORT IN NEW ZEALAND
World Masters Games 2017 and KPMG have joined forces in a partnership that will see the business of sport become a talking point at Games-time.
KPMG is one of the world’s leading providers of audit, tax and advisory services and operates out of seven cities across New Zealand.
“KPMG are proud sponsors of the World Masters Games 2017, which is one of the most significant and complex events New Zealand has hosted”, says Ross Buckley, Executive Chairman of KPMG.
“At KPMG, we are committed to fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity, not only for our clients but also our communities. And by prosperity we mean shared wealth and lasting wellbeing for all New Zealanders. Commitment to our communities is at the heart of KPMG’s values and culture. Our sponsorship of the World Masters Games 2017 reflects shared values and common attributes; to lead by example, work together, commitment to our communities and act with integrity.
“Our partnership with World Masters Games, further reflects our commitment to helping New Zealand optimise the return from major sporting events. The partnership builds on our expertise demonstrated through our involvement with Rugby World Cup 2011 (we were Official Suppliers of Advisory and Tax Services), Cricket World Cup 2015 and other major events. As a firm, we have considerable experience and expertise in business issues relating to major events in New Zealand, and we are looking forward to building on this as a partner of the World Masters Games 2017.”
World Masters Games 2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten said that in working closely with New Zealand national and Auckland regional sports organizations in the staging of the Games, it is important to recognize the industry and its immense contribution to the economy of New Zealand.
“In much the same way as New Zealand punches above its weight when it comes to sporting competition, there is an equivalent wealth of talent behind the scenes, driving the industry forward,” she says.
“What we have observed is that there is an important dialogue to be had around the business of sport in this country – the challenges and opportunities – and how we can use an experience like WMG2017 to learn, to build capability, and kick-start future thinking.
“We look forward to developing a sport-business event in conjunction with KPMG that picks up on key themes that have emerged during our journey this far, and issues that remain topical for the industry in this country.”
World Masters Games 2017 is the largest multi-sport event in the world by competitor numbers. It is also the largest event New Zealand will stage this decade. More than 25,000 competitors, 3000 supporters and 4000 volunteers will be directly involved in bringing the event to life.
For more information, to register or volunteer, visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz.
For further information please contact:
Simon Roche, World Masters Games 2017
Tel: +64 27 269 2876
Alexandra James, KPMG
Tel: +64 218 22539
About World Masters Games 2017
The World Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world. In terms of athlete numbers, it is bigger in scale than even the Olympics. Auckland will host the event from 21 to 30 April 2017 during which time 25,000 athletes will compete in 28 sports across 45+ competition venues. The Games are regarded as the largest event New Zealand will host in at least the next decade. For more information visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz.
WMG2017 seeks to deliver $36 million GDP and 250,000 visitor nights to Auckland’s economy and $53 million GDP and 266,000 visitor nights to the wider New Zealand economy. The Government ($11 million) and Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development ($11.75 million) have invested approximately two thirds of the $35.85 million required to stage the event with the remainder to come from registration fees ($8.5 million) and commercial sponsorship ($4.6 million).
About Barfoot & Thompson
Barfoot & Thompson is the presenting partner for World Masters Games 2017. It is New Zealand’s largest, privately owned real estate company and is still run by the Barfoot and Thompson families after more than 90 years. Barfoot & Thompson consistently sells around one in three homes in the Auckland region and manages more than 11,000 rental properties, well ahead of competitor brands. For more information visit www.barfoot.co.nz.
KPMG is focused on fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity. We believe by helping New Zealand’s enterprises succeed, the public sector do better and our communities grow, that our country will succeed and prosper. KPMG is one of New Zealand’s leading professional services firms, specialising in Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We have over 1,000 professionals who work with a wide range of New Zealand enterprises – from privately owned businesses, to publicly listed companies, government organisations, and not-for-profit bodies. We have offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Timaru and Ashburton. For more information visit www.kpmg.com/nz . Globally, KPMG operates in 155 countries; employing more than 174,000 people in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (”KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
About World Masters Games 2017 valued partners
World Masters Games 2017 would like to thank its valued partners: Barfoot & Thompson, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), International Masters Games Association (IMGA), Air New Zealand, SKYCITY Auckland, Pita Pit, Volvo Cars New Zealand, Mediaworks, QMS, Airbnb, Fusesport, KPMG, Mighway, NZCT and Brian Perry Charitable Trust.