NZOC chief executive Kereyn Smith with her counterparts from Toyota New Zealand, Alistair Davis, and PNZ, Fiona Allan ©Paralympics New Zealand

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) and Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) have signed an eight-year partnership with Toyota New Zealand.

It mirrors the global arrangement Toyota Motor Corporation has with both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and makes Toyota the first TOP (The Olympic Partner) Partner to include a financial distribution to National Paralympic Committees.

The scope of the global contract covers all major Olympic and Paralympic events, including the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games , the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires and the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

"It takes huge motivation, determination and self-belief to compete at the Olympic Games," Kereyn Smith, chief executive of the NZOC, said.

"Toyota understand this and their global partnership will help support the success of Olympians around the world.

"We are also excited that Toyota’s commitment to sustainability will help deliver a positive Games legacy at Tokyo 2020."

PNZ chief executive Fiona Allan added: "Toyota is the first worldwide Paralympic partner to support all 178 National Paralympic Committees around the world.

"New Zealand has been recognised amongst the top strategic markets for the Paralympic partnership globally and we are thrilled to have secured Toyota’s long-term support.

"I am excited about what this may mean for aspiring Para-athletes in communities across New Zealand."

Toyota begun working with the IOC as a Worldwide TOP Partner at the start of this year ©IOC/Arnaud Meylan
Toyota begun working with the IOC as a Worldwide TOP Partner at the start of this year ©IOC/Arnaud Meylan

Toyota intends to use Tokyo 2020 in its home country of Japan to highlight its capacity as a sustainable mobility company with a fleet of environmentally friendly buses as well as a range of hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

"This partnership aligns strongly with our local 'Believe' brand position," Alistair Davis, chief executive of Toyota New Zealand, said.

"One of our 'Believe' statements is 'that if you can dream it, you can do it'.

"This seems to personify the passion that all sportspeople have to excel in their chosen sport.

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games capture the world’s imagination and inspire millions everywhere to aspire to be the best they can be."

With Olympic, world and Commonwealth shot put champion Valerie Adams as one of its brand ambassadors, Toyota New Zealand is already associated with the Olympic Movement.

In line with the Olympic Agenda 2020, with sustainability as one of its key pillars, Toyota plans to work with the Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committees through to 2024 to provide sustainable mobility solutions for the Games.

It is hoped this will help with safer, more efficient mobility, including intelligent transport systems, urban traffic systems and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems.

The partnership, it is claimed, will help deliver a mobility legacy in the host cities and countries.

The Toyota Motor Corporation is investing NZD$800 million (£452 million/$576 million/€515 million) on the global sponsorship.

The IOC and IPC use their discretion to determine how the funds are allocated to further the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

Locally, the details of the support provided by Toyota New Zealand to the NZOC and PNZ have yet to be finalised.