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Rotorua to host Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games

Australasian Police & Emergency Services (AP&ES) has today announced Rotorua as the destination of choice for their 18th AP&ES Games. The games will be held in March 2022, and look to bring between 3,000 – 5,000 people to the city. The AP&ES games help to promote health through sport and raise awareness of the crucial work of our emergency services, including Police, Fire, DOC, Customs, Ambulance, Corrections, Surf Lifesaving, Emergency Nurses, Rescue Services, Aviation Security, Primary Industries and Water Rescue. The games are open to current, voluntary and retired staff, from all over Australasia.

Services staff have a game of tug of war in front of their vehicles

Dave Wishnowsky from the AP&ES team says “We are extremely excited about hosting the 2022 games and thrilled to bring them to Rotorua as our host city. For many reasons Rotorua was the perfect fit. Our focus is to organise an event which will showcase and involve our culture, include our entire host community, make use of some great sporting facilities and show off an incredible tourism playground. Nowhere else in New Zealand has all those features on offer and after a period of restricted travels, we hope to bring people from all over Australasia to the region to see it all for themselves.

The AP&ES Games is a fantastic event where like-minded emergency services staff come together, compete hard against each other in a huge array of sports, and enjoy time afterwards to exchange stories and a refreshment or two. The sporting aspect is just one of many – the camaraderie is every bit as important to most who attend.

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says it will be “fantastic” to have the Games in Rotorua. “It will provide a welcome economic boost and we are a visitor destination that is known for its culture and manaakitanga (hospitality), so participants will receive a very warm welcome.We hope that while they’re here, they’ll also take the opportunity to enjoy some of the many wonderful places and activities we have on offer. Events have really helped to keep us going through these tough COVID times and we’re excited to be able to host our trans-Tasman friends again.”

The AP&ES 2022 team are aware of the impact COVID 19 has had on many NZ communities, in particularly those who are reliant on Tourism. We are very excited the Trans Tasman Bubble is now open, and are looking forward to welcoming the Australian Services personnel to Rotorua, to compete with and against all our NZ visitors.

HPCE is working with AP&ES to create promotional and teaser videos in Rotorua this coming week. The video will showcase some of the best spots Rotorua has to offer. This gives Rotorua a great opportunity to be front of mind as a tourism and events destination both locally and abroad, as the events and tourism industries begin to look up. It’s also a great opportunity for the incredible work of our Emergency Services to be in the public eye.

To learn more about the AP&ES 2022 Games, visit

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