Kia ora and welcome to Tauranga
I warmly welcome you to our beautiful coastal city – Tauranga Moana – the place of safe anchorage. Some of you have travelled from afar and it is our pleasure to host you here in the home of the Anchor AIMS Games.
The Anchor AIMS Games is synonymous with Tauranga and a shining light in our event calendar. There is no other event that resonates so strongly with rangatahi and showcases the breadth of young sporting talent in Aotearoa, year after year and to a world-wide audience. The event’s growth is second to none and I’d like to thank all athletes, teachers, parents and supporters for coming to Tauranga and making this event special for competitors and locals alike.
Tauranga City Council has been a proud supporter of the AIMS Games since its humble beginnings in 2004. We have taken immense pride in seeing it grow from a small festival of sport, to what is now an international championship for intermediate and middle schools. With another record-breaking number of athletes involved last year, it now exceeds the Olympics in terms of competitor attendance – what an achievement! This is all possible thanks to you and the strategic partnership between Tauranga City Council, Sport Bay of Plenty and the four Western Bay of Plenty intermediate schools.
We love to connect with nature here in Tauranga – our city is not only one of New Zealand’s sunniest cities, it also features world-famous beaches, rich marine life and a unique natural landscape. Tauranga is also becoming well known for its abundance of street art – go for a walk in the city centre or in Mount Maunganui and discover murals by internationally-recognised street artists such as Owen Dippie, Askew One, Mr G and many more. If you’re an art lover, check out this map which points out some of the great work waiting to be discovered.
When you’re not competing, I invite you to enjoy the diverse experiences our beautiful city has on offer. To see the full range of upcoming events, visit www.mytauranga.co.nz
I wish you all the best for the tournament!
Ngā mihi nui,
Mayor of Tauranga