Good on the boss!

Getting behind next year's New Zealand Masters Games, Whanganui company Mars Petcare has offered to pay the registration fee for every member of its staff.

That's about 170 workers at the Heads Road pet food factory who have the chance to join thousands of others when the Masters Games hit Whanganui in February.

"It is a win-win situation," says human resources manager Rose Johnson, who will be putting her golfing ability to the test.


"It is part of our 'Be Well' programme here where staff are supported in sporting and recreational activities.

"We are partnering with the Masters Games and supporting staff by paying everyone's registration fees."

Mrs Johnson said the company would be boosting its pool of temporary workers while staff were taking part in the Games which run from February 3-12 and offer competition in more than 50 sports.

Health and safety manager Terri Coopland is competing in archery, co-ordination manager Paul Forest in cycling, operations support manager Martin Innes is a cricketer, technician Sam Ryan is in the hockey event, as is Mars manager Derek Pickering.

And Mrs Johnson had a challenge for other local companies ...

"We would like to see other Whanganui businesses match us, and offer to register their staff as well."

Masters Games competitiors can register online at or by calling 0800 354045. Registration is $60 per person, but rises to $85 on January 14.