World Masters Games 2017 is a massive venture and will be significant for Auckland, New Zealand and the 25,000 competitors for many reasons.

I know it will be a great experience for the thousands of visitors who will make Auckland home for 10 days.  They will get to enjoy a truly beautiful region and experience the unparalleled friendliness from New Zealanders who are internationally known for the warmth of their welcome and their friendship.  I have no doubt our visitors will go away with a sense of having made many new friends and enjoyed competitive experiences in one of the best cities in the world.

I wish everyone associated with this fantastic event well for an amazing Games in 2017.

Les Mills

Sporting legend and former Mayor of Auckland