New Zealand first responders win Tait Trans-Tasman Clash

The biennial sporting rivalry between New Zealand and Australian public-safety personnel saw the NZ teams come out on top to claim victory in the Tait Communications Trans-Tasman Clash.

The tournament—part of the week-long Australasian Police and Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games held in Lower Hutt—pitted the best of the Aussies against the best of the Kiwis across a range of sporting codes.

Frank Owen, Managing Director, Tait Communications, was present at the Games’ closing ceremony to award the Tait Communications Trans-Tasman Clash trophy to NZ Police Games Manager Brett Shields, who accepted the win on behalf of all Kiwi competitors.

“Tait Communications is proud to be an AP&ES Games Partner and to support the aims of promoting camaraderie and heightening public awareness of police and emergency services throughout Australasia,” comments Frank.

“As a long-time provider of critical communications solutions to public safety organizations around the globe, we understand the vital role that police, fire, ambulance and other emergency services play in keeping communities safe.

“Congratulations to the New Zealand competitors for securing the Trans-Tasman trophy, and to all competitors for ensuring an exciting and hugely successful event.”

Competitors in the Tait Trans-Tasman Clash competed in six top-class events: golf, hockey, soccer, netball, touch rugby and cricket. 

The New Zealand teams won all events excluding the men’s hockey, which was drawn.

The AP&ES Games, which had not been held in New Zealand since 1996, attracted nearly one-thousand NZ entrants and over 500 Australian entrants this year.