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 existed 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 2019 until February 2020, 7 events were held in central Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and North Shore, Auckland with 73 Paralympians acknowledged, with 4 further events to take place in 2020/21. 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 – Due to the impacts of COVID-10 Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has cancelled or postponed all events until end June (dates TBC). These include: Para Sport Pop Up, PNZ Celebration Project events in Christchurch/Queenstown/Dunedin/Wellington. We will communicate rescheduled dates in the following months.
2020 Celebration Project Community Receptions include:
- Christchurch, TBC
- Queenstown, TBC
- Dunedin, TBC
- Wellington, TBC
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.