New Zealand’s largest fun run and walk, Auckland’s Round the Bays, is welcoming back long-running presenting partner Ports of Auckland for a four-year term.

Next March will be the tenth year Ports of Auckland has partnered with the iconic waterfront event that sees more than 26,000 Aucklanders hitting the streets to celebrate health and fitness and raise funds for deserving charities.

Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson is thrilled to continue the partnership, calling it a natural fit and a great way for the company to connect with the many faces of the Auckland community.

“We live and breathe the beautiful Auckland waterfront and love this event because it brings such life to the area. We love being a part of an event that promotes wellbeing and it’s a great way for us to support and reach out to the communities around us.”

Stuff and Ports of Auckland have big plans for their tenth year together, enhancing their charity and schools programmes, and environmental initiatives.

The event’s three partner charities are soon to be selected but this year the charity donation will increase from $50K to $60K and will be supplemented by a generous $20K Stuff media package gifted to each charity. The event will be working harder to be more inclusive with an initiative offering lower-decile Auckland secondary schools free race tickets and an end-of-race get together, to encourage participation for those who otherwise may not be able to attend.

Stuff CEO Sinead Boucher says, “We’re over the moon to have Ports of Auckland support us again this year – they have been a huge contributor to the success of the event for the past nine years. This year we want to extend our reach even further and educate thousands of Kiwis on important health and environmental issues.”

The March 2019 event wants to reduce its environmental impact further with the goal to be a zero-waste event.

“Waste is always top of mind for major events like this one. Last year we managed to recycle or reuse a massive 67 per cent of the five tonnes of waste generated – and next year we’re aiming to reduce this figure even further,” says Sinead.

Keeping Auckland’s coastlines clean and reducing the impact of waste is paramount to Ports of Auckland.

“We’ve been working hard to reduce our own waste, and we’re very pleased to work with Stuff to make Ports of Auckland Round the Bays zero-waste,” says Tony.

At the end of the four-year sponsorship agreement, Ports of Auckland will have supported Round the Bays for 13 years, coinciding with Round the Bays’ 50th anniversary in 2022.

Find out more and register to join the fun here: www.roundthebays.co.nz

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