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Golden Bay Fruit sponsors Tasman female rugby

Golden Bay Fruit sponsors Tasman female rugby

Tasman Rugby Union is pleased to announce that Golden Bay Fruit has signed to be the Union’s Brand Sponsor of Female rugby. This will include front of jersey branding of the Tasman Mako Farah Palmer Cup team, the Academy program, the Tasman Trophy club competition, and other Tasman female representative teams.

Evan Heywood & Heath Wilkins with Farah Palmer cup player Tamara Silcock

Golden Bay Fruit package and export a large selection of premium apples and pears from its largely automated packing warehouse in Motueka, managed by founding partners Heath Wilkins of Birdhurst Orchards and Evan Heywood of Heywood Orchards.

Both keen rugby enthusiasts with children playing the game, Heath and Evan are proud to support female rugby in the region, NZ Rugby’s largest growing demographic. They know well many of the young players who have graduated to the Tasman Mako from Motueka.

“Our philosophy to growing and marketing fruit is based on quality, sustainability and partnering, and we will bring those same values to helping Tasman Rugby grow female participation" said CEO Heath Wilkins.

“As a global exporter and with the Rugby World Cup for women being held in NZ in 2021, the timing of this opportunity to help grow female rugby participation couldn’t be better” said director Evan Heywood.

TRU CEO Tony Lewis said ““Horticulture is a major economic driver in Te Tau Ihu and for Golden Bay Fruit to recognise the value of female rugby to connect with their stakeholders is particularly pleasing. We welcome their involvement of in our game and our Union”.

According to TRU Commercial Manager Les Edwards, the female rugby opportunity was made possible by the generosity of Nelson Pine Industries Ltd who made the front of jersey space available. “NPIL will continue to be the Union’s Principal Sponsor with the Golden Edge brand front and centre of the Tasman Mako and other men’s teams”.

[About Golden Bay Fruit] Dedicated to supplying the best quality fruit, Golden Bay Fruit was created in 2008 by multi-generation growers who decided to create a sustainable business for future generations. Today Golden Bay Fruit is home to over 750 hectares of apple orchards and over 100 hectares of kiwifruit, led by experienced and passionate people ~