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Stonewood Homes strengthen Wellington Lions foundations

The Wellington Lions foundations just got stronger with Stonewood Homes signing on as the Mitre 10 Cup team’s front of jersey sponsor for the next three-years.

Wellington Rugby’s partnership with Stonewood Homes brings together two organisations with the common goal of becoming the best in their respective fields.

WRFU chief executive Steve Rogers said the agreement had been a natural fit from the start.

“We are thrilled to be associated with Stonewood Homes, a company that mirrors the Lions goal to be number one, and whose owner Michael and John Chow share our passion for the Wellington region.

“Like Stonewood as a company, the Lions are a young team full of ambition and determined to grow toward their potential during the next three years. We believe that together we are stronger and we look forward to what promises to be a close working relationship over the coming seasons.”

Michael Chow said he had not hesitated at the chance to be associated with a team to which he had always felt a strong connection.

“This is our home team, so this is a very, very proud moment. Our family emigrated from Hong Kong to Wellington when I was 8 and John was 13,” he said. “We built our business from here running our parents food takeaway shop on Courtenay Place, Wellington and saving hard for a deposit to buy our first commercial property in our early 20s.”

Inno Capital took ownership of Stonewood Homes’ assets in March and Michael, together with brother John Chow and business partner Clint Webber, set out to transform Stonewood from the country’s number three group home builder to number one within three years.

CGML already have a strong and established presence in Wellington’s sporting market as owners of Exodus Health & Fitness Club in Tory Street and sponsorship deals with the Wellington Phoenix and Team Wellington football teams as well as Saints basketball.

Michael Chow said the Wellington Lions, with All Blacks Ardie and Julian Savea, TJ Perenara and Dane Coles and the highest television viewership in the Mitre 10 Cup, provided a high profile presence and a natural fit for Stonewood Homes.

The Lions will first roar into action with Stonewood Homes on the front of their jersey when they play Hawke’s Bay in their Mitre 10 Cup opener in Napier on August 20.

As a family the Chows appreciated the atmosphere a sporting team like the Lions brought to the Wellington community.

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