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More people pushing play is good news

Hon Trevor Mallard
Minister for Sport and Recreation

4 November 2005 Media Statement

More people pushing play is good news

Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard said today he was very pleased the Push Play message is being heard by many more New Zealanders than it was five years ago.

"This is a day to celebrate, particularly in light of recent findings indicating that New Zealanders are more active than their trans-Tasman rivals," Trevor Mallard said at the launch of Push Play Day in Wellington’s civic square this morning.

As part of celebrations, the minister took part in the walking bus that travelled through the city encouraging early-morning commuters to get onboard and Push Play. The walking bus was also supported by local celebrities including mountain runner Melissa Moon, former Silver Fern Captain Bernice Mene, sports commentator Keith Quinn, and former Silver Fern Captain Wai Taumaunu.

“Walking to work is a great way to start the day – especially with the warmer spring weather. It’s great to see so many people keen to join in the fun on the walking bus. After all, being active is all about enjoyment!” Trevor Mallard said.

Trevor Mallard also announced that he has challenged other Parliamentary workers to get active by taking part in his Push Play Everest Challenge.

The challenge, which starts on Monday, involves over 20 office teams – at least 200 people - from all over parliament taking the stairs until they cover the distance to the summit of Mount Everest.

As part of the challenge the team of Labour MPs will attempt to wrestle back the Push Play trophy won by Parliament's press gallery in the 2004 Push Play challenge.

“The Mt. Everest challenge is a great way to get active while having fun in the office – without disrupting your work. It's all about getting your 30 minutes a day,” said Trevor Mallard.

ENDS

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