The Celebration Project
“Protecting, conserving and promoting the cultural heritage
of the New Zealand Paralympic Movement since 1968”
PNZ’s Strategic Plan ‘Towards 2020’, outlines a mission that – in addition to leading the Paralympic Movement in New Zealand – involves acknowledging and celebrating disabled New Zealanders and promoting equity through sport. With Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) “turning 50” in 2018 and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on the horizon – a huge opportunity exists to celebrate our Paralympic cultural heritage, officially acknowledge the achievements of our 209 Paralympians as being equal to that of Olympians; and protect this heritage for future generations. The desired outcome, as always, is to positively influence community perceptions of disabled people and promote diversity and inclusion.
- Acknowledge, celebrate and share the achievements of our 209 Paralympians and introduce the Tokyo 2020 hopefuls
- Positively influence community perceptions of disabled people and promote a more diverse and inclusive society
- Promote Para sport to the wider community and identify future Para athletes
- Raise funds to further the growth and awareness of Para sport in the community and support the New Zealand Paralympic Team to Tokyo 2020
Annual Prime Ministers’ Dinner, in association with Adecco
2019 was the sixth edition of this popular evening event and the third Prime Minister invited to provide the keynote address on diversity, inclusion and the power of sport. Each year, 160+ influencers are hosted from across business and sport with a view to launching and celebrating PNZ activities. The 2019 edition of this event took place on Thursday 22 August celebrating 1 year to go to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Community Receptions, in association with the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, Toyota NZ and the NZ Lottery Grants Board
From May until December 2019, 6 events were held in Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth and Palmerston North with 6 further events scheduled for 2020. These events have begun to (i) recognise all 209 Paralympians by inviting them (or their families if they have passed away) to be presented with their official numbered Paralympic pin and a certificate signed by the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Chairman of PNZ, and; (ii) use this to introduce local Tokyo 2020 hopefuls to their communities, showcasing the continuing growth Para sport. Memorabilia and stories are incorporated into each event and local media are invited to profile interesting historical stories from among Paralympians being recognised. This series of events takes inspiration from PNZ’s previous Spirit of Gold Portrait Collection Tour.
UPDATE – The Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) team and Board have been monitoring the developments of the Covid-19 virus (Coronavirus) daily and have been in constant communication discussing the impact of this global pandemic on our Para athletes, staff, stakeholders and the staging of upcoming events and activations. In response to the latest developments we have made the decision to postpone all Celebration Project events and Para Sport Pop Up activations during April and May. We will communicate rescheduled dates in the following months.
2020 Celebration Project Community Receptions include:
- Christchurch, TBC
- Queenstown, TBC
- Dunedin, TBC
- Wellington, 18 June
Para Sport Pop Up
A one stop shop for Para sport! The 20 foot container will be located in prime public spaces with high foot traffic for min. 48 hours per location supporting the Community Receptions. The Para Sport Pop Up will (i) tell NZ Paralympic history through displays and video; (ii) promote Para sport to NZ public through have a go experiences and; (iii) provide Para sport resources and connections to local providers. Read more about the Para Sport Pop Up here.