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Local initiative continues to connect the community

Six Maraenui primary schools took to the basketball court today, as part of an ongoing initiative supported by UnisonFibre and local Police.

Teams of Year 6 students from Te Awa, Marewa, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Ara Hou, Maraenui, Richmond and Henry Hill schools played four-on-four in the car park at Maraenui shopping centre with UnisonFibre hosting an after-match BBQ.

Now in its fifth year of running, the ‘Nui Street Ball’ event is organised by the Maraenui Police, who are passionate about connecting with and bringing together their community.

Police Constable, Hoki Ward said the event, which began as a challenge between two schools, had continued to be such a great success that organisers have extended it to involve six schools.

“We are thrilled at how this event has evolved and grown in just four years, and there was no hesitation in agreeing to bring new schools into the mix.

“It’s all about supporting the kids of  Maraenui and encouraging them to get involved with sport, so the more we can reach the better.”

He said the opportunity to build on the great relationship between Police and the community of Maraenui was also a key driver behind the event.

UnisonFibre General Manager, Mike McGarvey said the Company shared the view of Maraenui Police around the importance of strengthening community relationships.

“We look forward to this event each year now, and we’re pleased to see how it has grown.”

“We bring Powerman along as well as a range of give-aways, which the kids just love. It’s great to be part of something that has such a positive impact on a local community,” said Mr McGarvey.
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