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Young Sports Players Recognised at Unison Medal Ceremonies

September 03, 2015

Tuesday 1 September 2015 - With the region’s winter sports season drawing to an end, Unison’s annual Unison Medal Ceremonies for junior rugby, netball and hockey players are underway, recognising excellence, both on and off the fiePowerman with Kaiden Beale, Magie Jonah Lowe 400ld.

 Last night, it was the turn of Hawke’s Bay’s young rugby players to receive their Unison Medal, presented by the Hawke’s Bay Magpies - one of whom was himself a recipient of the award in its inaugural year.

“Receiving a Unison medal back in 2009 was pretty inspiring, but to return seven years later and award medals to these young kids has been an awesome experience," said 19-year-old Magpie, Jonah Lowe.

Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union Commercial Manager, Jay Campbell, said seeing Jonah graduate from a Unison Medal recipient to a fully-fledged contracted Magpie, was justification of the virtues of the award.

“The award recognises the values of work ethic, discipline, and fair play, and these are essential in becoming a professional rugby player," said Mr Campbell.

Unison Group Chief Executive Officer, Ken Sutherland, said the Unison Medal had become a highlight of the season for many young players.

“Initially the medal was part of our support for grass-roots rugby, and we’re thrilled that we have now been able to extend this to our junior netball and hockey players.

“We’re very proud the award has become so popular with young players, and it is wonderful to see how delighted the recipients are to receive their medal in front of their family and friends.”

On the back of a successful Medal Ceremony for junior netball last Wednesday night, Hawke’s Bay Netball Operations Manager, Tina Arlidge, said she was very appreciative of the continued support from Unison.

“With the support of Unison, we have been able to continue our focus on extending our netball programme in primary and intermediate schools.

“We believe growing the game at a junior level will not only support the long-term strength of the sport at an international level, but will also provide a way to help children develop a range of great qualities that will serve them well in life. The Unison Medal is a wonderful way to recognise this.”

Following the second year of the junior hockey partnership, the first ever Medal Ceremony for junior hockey players will be held this evening.

Hawke’s Bay’s Hockey Manager Dean Hulls said the partnership with Unison had grown from strength to strength.

“It has been amazing to see what a difference Unison’s support has made to our junior hockey programme.  Our young players have really benefited from their support and commitment to lifting the profile of the sport in our region.

“All the boys and girls are really excited about tonight’s upcoming inaugural Medal Ceremony,” he said.

Mr Sutherland said Unison’s support of junior rugby, hockey and netball provided the Company with a valuable communication channel for sharing important safety messages with children, while at the same time supporting the clubs and schools to enhance their development programmes, and nurture a life-long passion for the game in young players.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region.  Our partnerships with these three sports have enabled us to engage with around 7,000 children and their families.”

Recipients of the Unison Medal were nominated by their coaches for having consistently shown great work ethic, discipline and fair play.

Junior Hockey Players Recognised for Work Ethic and Attitude

August 31, 2015

Rachel-Mace,-Taupo-Pythons-Following the conclusion of the Taupo junior hockey season, Unison this week recognised players for their excellence, both on and off the field.

Unison Group Chief Executive Officer Ken Sutherland said the 41 recipients of the Unison Medal were nominated by their coaches for having consistently shown great work ethic, discipline and fair-play.

“This is the first year the Unison Medal has been awarded, as part of our support for grass-roots hockey in the region. 

“We were thrilled to see how delighted these young players were to receive their medal. We are proud to be able to recognise and encourage the future hockey stars in our region.”

Great Lake Taupo Hockey Club Development Officer, Aniek Lenoir, said the Club was very appreciative of the support from Unison.

“We are so thrilled to have Unison on board, and the kids and their families have really benefited from the partnership.

“The Unison Medal is a fantastic way to recognise the great qualities we encourage in young players, and it was a great moment for them to receive their award in front of their family and friends.”

Mr Sutherland said Unison’s support of junior hockey provided the Company with a valuable communication channel for sharing important safety messages with children, while at the same time supporting the club to enhance their development programmes, and nurture a life-long passion for the game in young players.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region.  We’re proud to be hockey’s greatest supporter in Taupo.”

We've found our FINAL Great Photo winners!

August 28, 2015

A big congrats to our Great Photo winners for the week - Sheila Argent, Sophie Cole-Brimmer and Louise Beale!


Great photo of Kaiden from the Clive 5th grade Highlanders enjoying his half time oranges - thanks Louise for sharing with us!

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Sheila sent in this cool photo of Aimee Argent from the Taradale Cheetahs making a run with the ball!

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Charlotte from the Lucknow Kiwis playing a game in the rain! Thanks for sharing Sophie!

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These lucky ladies are our very last 'Great Photo' weekly winners for the 2015 sporting season!

Next week, all our weekly winners will go in the draw to be named our Overall Great Photo winner for 2015 - stay tuned for more details!

Hawke's Bay Magpies Player Makes Surprise Visit to St. Patricks School

August 24, 2015

Unison and Joe Penitito from the Hawkes Bay Magpies made a surprise visit to see our 'Greatest Supporter for August', Sam Start and his classmates at St. Patrick's School in Napier last Friday, after Sam successfully completed his mission for the month of August.

During his visit, Joe gave the class a brief rundown on what it is like to play for the Hawke's Bay Magpies, his favourite rugby game so far and what he likes to eat, while Room 14 put him through his paces with lots of interesting questions.

Sam also presented Joe with a huge number of messages of support for the Hawke's Bay Magpies - which Sam had collected as part of his mission for the month.

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At the end of the month, these messages will be turned into the giant banner which Sam will help to hang at McLean Park for everyone to see! Way to go Sam!

 

Taradale Fastway Couriers - Here is Your Game of the Week!

August 24, 2015
Unison's videographer, Kerin Greville was on the sidelines of the Taradale Fastway Couriers junior rugby game last Saturday, as they took on the Clive Rugga Rats!

Check out all the action of there game here!

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Thank you to all those who entered Unison's Game of the Week competition! We had so many great entries and many deserving teams - hope to see you all next year!

Great Photo Winners for last Week!

August 24, 2015
Congratulations to  Kane Makea, Julie Thomas (photo by Hilary Finn), Tara Jardine and Lisa Davy, for winning last weeks Great Photo competition!

Thanks to Julie Thomas (photo by Hilary Finn) for this GREAT action shot of Grace Thomas!

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Great shot of Noah and Teague showing  offtheir awesome passing skills - thanks Kane!

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Lisa Davy sent in this great photo of Emily Grace Davy from Hilltop School Cyclones showing us her hockey skills!

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Action shot of Paige from the Parkvale Halford junior netball team - thanks Tara!

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Kane, Julie, Tara and Lisa walked away with a $25 Rebel Sport voucher, plus their winning photos featured on Unison's Facebook page and in the Hastings and Napier Mail!

Junior Hockey Players Recognised for Work Ethic and Attitude

August 24, 2015
Following the conclusion of the Taupo junior hockey season, Unison this week recognised players for their excellence, both on and off the field.

Unison Group Chief Executive Officer Ken Sutherland said the 41 recipients of the Unison Medal were nominated by their coaches for having consistently shown great work ethic, discipline and fair-play.

“This is the first year the Unison Medal has been awarded, as part of our support for grass-roots hockey in the region. 

“We were thrilled to see how delighted these young players were to receive their medal. We are proud to be able to recognise and encourage the future hockey stars in our region.”

Great Lake Taupo Hockey Club Development Officer, Aniek Lenoir, said the Club was very appreciative of the support from Unison.

“We are so thrilled to have Unison on board, and the kids and their families have really benefited from the partnership.

“The Unison Medal is a fantastic way to recognise the great qualities we encourage in young players, and it was a great moment for them to receive their award in front of their family and friends.”

Mr Sutherland said Unison’s support of junior hockey provided the Company with a valuable communication channel for sharing important safety messages with children, while at the same time supporting the club to enhance their development programmes, and nurture a life-long passion for the game in young players.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region.  We’re proud to be hockey’s greatest supporter in Taupo.”

Final Game of the Week for 2015!

August 19, 2015

Congratulations to our FINAL 'Game of the Week' winners for 2015 - the 7th grade Taradale Fgame of the week new logoastway Courier Thunder junior rugby team!

Rhys Evans nominated his team for Game of the Week because....

"We play really well together and surport each other win or lose. And our team mate Ashton who is out at the moment because he broke his fingers comes along every week and cheers us on, along with our parents. We all love playing Rugby and are gutted rugby season almost over. Thank you"

Well Done Taradale Fastway Courier Thunder! Our videographer, Kerin Greville will be on the sidelines of your game against the Clive Rugga Rats this Saturday, filming all the action and featuring you as the stars!

Te Aute College Take Out Unison's 2015 Challenge Shield!

August 17, 2015

The Unison Challenge Shield was once again contested at the curtain raiser to the Magpies’ first 2015 ITM Cup game against Northland on Sunday afternoon. 

Te Aute College went head to head against Wairoa College in a nail biting final yesterday afternoon, with Te Aute College coming out on top with a 20 - 8 win.

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The Unison Challenge Shield was awarded to Te Aute College, along with a medal for each team player. The school also received a $500 R80 sporting equipment voucher whilst the Wairoa College walked away with a $200 voucher.

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Congratulations to Te Aute College! For more photos from the game, head to Unison's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/UnisonNetworks

Unison Gets Snap Happy at Hawke's Bay Magpies' Home Games

August 12, 2015
Unison will be on the sidelines of all Hawke's Bay Magpies ITM Cup games this season, Powerman-and-Magpie-fansgetting snap happy with our new photo activity!

Our friendly promo team will be roaming McLean Park (with Powerman in tow!), snapping photos of avid Hawke's Bay supporters, using special iPad software!

All photos taken on the day will be uploaded to Unison's Facebook page as well as feature on the big screen at McLean Park at the following Hawke's Bay Magpies home game!

Run for the first time last weekend at the Hawke’s Bay Magpies vs. Taranaki pre-season game, you can check out all the photos head to Unison's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/UnisonNetworks

Look out for us at the Hawke's Bay magpies shield defence game against Northland THIS Sunday at McLean Park!