April 11, 2023

Water Trailers making a splash on the Tāmaki Makaurau events

Three water trailers originally sourced as part of the 2019 Pro Water movement are now being utilised across Tāmaki Makaurau events, including events and festivals such as the Women’s Rugby World Cup, School Athletics Days, Scout Camps, Waitangi Day Celebrations, the Auckland Boat Show and Earth Beat Festival.

The three portable water trailers were purchased with funding from The Trusts Community Foundation and hired out to groups and organisations for a small fee for community-based events. Since their original purchase in 2019, their use has gone from strength to strength, being hired out nearly every weekend of the year.  

The Pro Water Movement began as an initiative to disrupt the consumption of sugary drinks in schools. Students led the challenge, mapping out where water was available on school grounds, where they would like to see water available and how it should be available. This initiative ultimately led to installing new water fountains in 52 West Auckland schools, acting as a steppingstone to further changes such as water-only policies, pro-water student groups, wai (water) only haka, and more. 

Recognising the role community events have in providing healthy food and drinks, Healthy Families Waitākere sought to purchase reliable and easy to use portable water trailers. Funding was sourced through The Trusts Community Foundation to purchase the easy-to-use water trailers. Each trailer has three water fountains and four bottle fillers, and simply plugs into a conventional outdoor tap. Across the first summer alone the water trailers were hired over 15 times, offering free access to water for over 31,000 event attendees.

Learn more about hiring a water trailer here.

The Pro Water Movement was backboned by Healthy Families Waitākere, with its lead provider, Sport Waitākere, currently managing the water trailers.

Watch the Pro Water Movement video here.