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September 2021 Fanletter

Check out the latest news from the SONZ community!

Message from the CEO

Less than 100 days to go until the National Summer Games Carolyn talks about the exciting things to come and sends support from her home office in Wellington.

Hamilton 2021 merch out now and giveaway!

It’s finally here! Our official National Summer Games merch is available now for pre-order, plus a special giveaway!

500 volunteers signed up for National Summer Games

Hamilton locals from all areas of life have answered the call to become volunteers and make the 2021 National Summer Games an incredible event for all.

Our first ever Family Health Forum

Registrations are now open for a new event at the National Summer Games, featuring special guest speakers and aiming to provide families with key health and wellbeing information.

Healthy Athletes to provide 800 pairs of glasses

Over 800 pairs of glasses will be provided to athletes as part of Opening Eyes, a Healthy Athletes health screening programme at the 2021 National Summer Games.

Athlete Spotlight: Wairarapa’s solo National Summer Games athlete

Meet Josh Taylor who is training hard to make the Wairarapa proud as the only athlete attending the National Summer Games in December.


Message from the CEO

Kia ora katoa 

I am writing this update from my “home” office as we navigate the latest lockdown following the community cases of the Delta variant in the last couple of weeks.  I hope everyone is doing ok and keeping safe in your bubble.  I am sending aroha to everyone currently struggling with these difficult times and hope that you are able to reach out to your friends and whānau to support you. 

We are still working hard on the planning for the Freemasons New Zealand National Summer Games and we want to make sure that it’s an opportunity for celebration and connection. 

Under 100 days to go, WOW, that has gone fast, it doesn’t seem that long ago that we announced that the Games were coming to Hamilton!  We have just secured our Emcee for the Games, so keep an eye out for the announcement in the coming weeks.  This edition of the Fanletter is full of information on the Games, including the release of merchandise to buy, an update on our volunteers, the first ever Family Healthy Forum and more. 

While we remain at Level 4 or 3 please try and keep up some exercise where possible. When exercising, remember to stay local.  Many parks will still be open, but advice is to not sit on park benches, maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres, wear a mask where possible, keep off any equipment, including use of water fountains.  

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui 

Carolyn Young 
CHIEF EXECUTIVE 

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September 2021 Fanletter