Event director Glenda Tuaine yesterday took the signatures of both ANZ Bank and Cook Islands Tourism for this year’s tournament.
Tuaine said this year ANZ would be a gold sponsor and it was always a joy dealing with their staff.
“They bring a great energy, they get behind things like ‘Dash for Cash’, and help us out with ticketing.
“Their people are well versed at being in the booth, but I’ve just found they are a real supportive sponsor who ask, ‘what do you need’, and they come up with great ideas.”
Also having Cook Islands Tourism sign on for another year was beneficial too, Tuaine said.
“They help us with our competitions in New Zealand, and this year we are working with NZME. I believe it will also be running through Flava radio station, who came over last year to support the event.
“When our overseas teams come over, they need to be able to see what the destination is like as first-timers. You can’t appreciate your sponsors enough, because if it wasn’t for them you wouldn’t get things done.”
Tuaine reiterated that teams needed to get their registrations in quickly before spots are filled, with the final cut off at the end of September.
Plans are also in the pipeline for broadcast options for the tournament, says Tuaine.
“We are keen on making sure we can stream or broadcast the finals day to our broader market and we are looking at having that opportunity through Bluesky.
“Last year we didn’t have the option due to the fire they had at their mobile network station. It’s something we have received a lot of comments about from people overseas wanting to tune in. Having that will just continue to grow the profile of the event.”
It was announced earlier this month that former All Black Sevens captain Karl Te Nana will be this year’s tournament ambassador.