Here are a number of initiatives which Winstone Aggregates has recently sponsored.
Little Penguins enjoy the beach at Napier’s National Aquarium
The newest residents of the National Aquarium in Napier’s brand new ‘Penguin Cove’ have settled into their new life-like surroundings very quickly.
Penguin Cove has been carefully designed to replicate the penguins’ natural beach habitat to ensure they feel right at home in their new abode.
Walk into the new exhibit and see a sandy beach, made up of 28 tonnes of golden sand donated by Winstone Aggregates. Driftwood, rocks and a swimming pool with underwater viewing complete the exhibit – everything that allows the 10 penguins to go about their normal routine of fishing and feeding during the day, then returning to the beach for play and sleep at night.
“Our Little Penguins will be great ambassadors for their species in the wild. People can come and look at them and get to know all about them,” says Rob Yarrall, the aquarium’s manager.
Riding for the Disabled in Napier
In its 40th anniversary year the Hastings Riding for the Disabled Group was looking to upgrade its facilities. They requested some sand for the warm up area where clients mount their horses. As one of the centre’s many supporters, we were able to contribute the sand which has helped make the area safer, more useful and pleasant.
To find out more: www.rdahastings.org.nz
Setting the Stage in Whangarei
The Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei has been promoting the arts in Whangarei for over 30 years.
Occupying a site in a former quarry, the centre offers a unique environment with towering bush-clad cliffs. It plays a vital role in the community promoting the arts, providing artists with studio space, running creative workshops; housing a co-operative shop and exhibition gallery; as well as being an inviting venue for local community events.
Winstone Aggregates sponsored the Northland Youth Theatre’s senior production ‘Quarry’ at the arts centre by providing the gravel for an experimental performance area for the show. The success of this performance has ensured that the Northland Youth Theatre returned to the arts centre’s new set for their 2013 senior show ‘The Odyssey’.
Three Kings United Football Club, Auckland
It’s fair to say that the popularity of grassroots soccer has been on the increase since the spectacular success of the All Whites at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at Three Kings United Football Club in central Auckland’s Mount Roskill.
The club’s teal-blue shirts with their distinctive Winstone Aggregates’ logo are a familiar sight around the region’s soccer fields.
Winstone Aggregates’ Three Kings Quarry is on the club’s doorstep so it felt right for the company to form a partnership with the soccer club and by doing so give back to the community around it.
In 2010 they signed up as Three Kings United’s major sponsor and this partnership was renewed last month for another three years.
The football club now boasts a membership base of more than 2200 players, with 850 juniors ,1000 youth and 350 seniors, which includes the men’s and women’s elite teams.
Because of its huge numbers, the club punches above its weight at local and regional level. In just 2012 alone, the 9th and 10th Grade girl’s teams won their national tournaments, 15 youth teams came top of their division, the men’s premier team reached the semi-final of the prestigious Chatham Cup and the women’s premier team won the ASB Knockout Cup.
But despite a vast army of volunteer coaches and managers, more is needed on a financial level to provide good quality gear, and expert coaching resources up to the elite levels, and this is where Winstone Aggregates plays a huge part.
Three Kings United president Murray Holdaway is delighted that Winstone Aggregates have renewed their sponsorship up to 2015.
“It’s great that they’ve come on board again. It’s great to see them being involved in the community by one of their key locations, Three Kings Quarry,” he says.