Unison’s Greatest Supporter Programme started with junior rugby in 2009 and now takes in 12,000 participants across four sports throughout Hawke’s Bay, Taupo and Rotorua.

Unison General Manager Commercial Jason Larkin says, “As a consumer-owned company, Unison is extremely proud to support and showcase events and organisations that support the wellbeing, health and development of the children in our regions.”

“Our Greatest Supporter Programme is also a great avenue for delivering electrical safety messages that help to keep our young people safe around electrical assets.

“This season, Unison’s Sideline Supporters will be out at netball, hockey, football and rugby grounds again, so look out for the Unison tent for a treat. Plus, our ‘Good Sport’ competition, that was introduced in 2023, will return alongside our ‘Great Photo’ competition. These are just some of the fun ways in which you can all get involved this year.

“We look forward to celebrating the children in our regions with the Unison Medal for demonstrating hard work, discipline, and fair play on and off the field. It’s very important to us to recognise these values and the positive impact they have on their teams at our annual Medal Ceremonies which will be held in August.’’

Hawke’s Bay Hockey General Manager Andi Leydesdorff said Unison’s Greatest Supporter Programme continues to be a very important part of the junior hockey season.

“We’re truly thankful for Unison’s support of junior hockey in Hawke’s Bay. Their partnership has brought lots of fun and opportunities to our young players for over a decade, making a significant difference at the grassroots level,’’ Leydesdorff said.

“The Sideline Supporters on a chilly winter Saturday morning are always a highlight for our supporters, and our junior hockey players always look forward to the various competitions held throughout the season. The Unison Medal is also a treasured award for those who earn it.’’

Unison is New Zealand’s fifth-largest electricity network, supplying over 110,000 customers.

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