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Old June 1st, 2011, 05:39 AM   #241
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World Cup Countdown: Our Stadium of Four Million is coming alive
NZ HERALD
1:00 PM Wednesday Jun 1, 2011

In 100 days the biggest sporting event in New Zealand's history gets under way. The RWC 2011 hosting rights were won on the back of international recognition that rugby, and the All Blacks, have long held a special place in the heart of our country and that, because of this, our hosting of this event will be unique and memorable. Come kick-off time we will be ready to welcome the rugby world. The foundations now in place for the 20-team, 48-match tournament that will take place across 12 stadiums are strong. We will not let people down. Over the past 12 months, even at the very highest levels, rugby has returned to being a game of "ball in hand" and the signs are that this tournament will be one punctuated by many on-field exciting moments.

And it won't just be the top five or six teams in genuine contention to win the Webb Ellis Cup taking centre-stage. Some of the minnows will cause huge anxiety for their better-ranked opponents and will become darlings of the media and public. It is that widespread community connection which will lift this tournament into something special. The 24 towns and cities hosting the teams, when their turn comes, will embrace and care for those teams and the players themselves will reciprocate by welcoming that show of support. Communities up and down the land are preparing to welcome our visitors. Northland has a "Paint it Red" campaign to welcome Canada, Japan and Tonga. Down in Southland, a small rural school at Limehills has one class adopting Scotland, the other Argentina.

Wrapped around all of this is the REAL New Zealand Festival where communities all over New Zealand are making sure that, outside of the rugby, visitors will see the best of what our country has to offer. Ultimately it is the people of New Zealand who will determine the success or otherwise of RWC 2011. If we all genuinely welcome and look after all our international guests brilliantly, if we find the right balance between supporting our team and enjoying the efforts of the other 19, then I'm positive everything will come together to make this a proud moment for our country.

Martin Snedden is the CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011
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100 Days to go: Auckland puts its best face forward for the cup
NZ HERALD
1:00 PM Wednesday Jun 1, 2011

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Come the Rugby World Cup, Auckland's biggest problem will be finding enough people to pour the beer, says Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney. Party Central is locked and loaded, new developments at the Wynyard Quarter will be stars of the show and there will be plenty of entertainment at Aotea Square, says the central city cheerleader. Central Auckland - daytime population 170,000 - is already the country's "fourth largest city", says Swney, and will swell with tens of thousands more Aucklanders and up to 40,000 international visitors on any given match day.

It is not just downtown Auckland that is gearing up for the six-week tournament. Fanzones are springing up at Albany Lakes, The Trusts Stadium in Henderson and the Mangere Arts Centre. More than 30 suburbs will be decked out in the colours of visiting teams and almost 1000 businesses have joined the NZ 2011 Business Club to take advantage of the Cup. RWC 2011 Auckland co-ordination group boss Rachael Dacy says with 100 days until kick-off, there is no doubt Auckland will be ready to be the hub of the tournament.

"What's really exciting is that Aucklanders are starting to see what a difference RWC 2011 is making to this city and the legacy the tournament will leave." All that remained to be done over the next 100 days, she said, was to keep the foot on the accelerator and to get Aucklanders excited about the tournament. Auckland's most visible symbol for the Cup is the steel-framed CLOUD on Queens Wharf. The $9.8 million structure will provide an indoor venue to watch live matches on a big screen, and host trade displays, media and VIPs. Fans will also be able to watch games on big screens and listen to live performances outside at "party central" on Queens Wharf. Shed 10 on the wharf is undergoing a $4 million upgrade, which includes a new roof and exterior cladding. The AUCKLAND ART GALLERY has also been expanded and received a major refurbishment.

Further along the waterfront a $2 million plastic waka will be set up on Te Wero Island at the Viaduct Harbour. The waka has attracted its share of critics but Ngati Whatua project manager Renata Blair said it would be used to create opportunities for Maori businesses and a place where people could experience Maori culture during the Cup. In the words of Swney, some of the stars of the show will be six public projects costing $120 million at Wynyard Quarter, also known as the Tank Farm.

The $32 million VIADUCT EVENTS CENTRE at the end of Halsey St with its distinctive wave-like roof is nearly complete, and work is on track for a $3.7 million bridge linking the Viaduct Harbour with the first developments at Wynyard Quarter. They include turning Jellicoe St into a tree-lined boulevard, a $5.5 million GATEWAY PLAZA featuring seating, art and steps down to the water's edge, and the $12 million SILO PARK at the western end of Jellicoe St. At NORTH WHARF two new buildings have gone up on either side of a 1930s Auckland Harbour Board shed. These have been leased to cafes and restaurants, many seafood-based, and original features will be kept, such as old rail tracks with strip lighting inserted into them.

Waterfront Auckland, the public body carrying out the work, is also installing a 1.5km tram circuit of Wynyard Quarter. It is envisaged that Wynyard Quarter will be more family-friendly than party central. One issue still to be tested is a full trial of the EDEN PARK transport plan at the Bledisloe Cup test match on August 6. A partial trial during the recent Blues v Stormers Super 15 match, where 3800 fans travelled to the park by train and 1900 by bus, resulted in traffic backing up as far as Symonds St and Newton Rd with the closure of Sandringham Rd. For pool matches at Eden Park, organisers are aiming for up to 36,000 fans to arrive by public transport or walk, a number which will increase up to 45,000 for finals games.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is pleased with the progress being made on getting the city ready for the Cup. "This will be the biggest event to come to Auckland for a generation so we have to make sure it works. "There will be good positive spin-offs for Aucklanders ranging from the upgrade of public transport (the re-introduction of TRAMS) through to development along the waterfront. We have been working on preparing for this event for many years and the focus will soon shift from building the infrastructure to getting the community and Auckland businesses behind the activity. "People will soon start to see the tournament come alive as we get closer to kick-off," Mr Brown said.

Auckland fanzones

Party Central, Queens Wharf.
Capacity 20,000, Cloud, Shed 10, live match screenings, entertainment, showcase for New Zealand arts, food, wine and culture, focal point for opening night celebrations.

Albany Lakes.
Capacity 10,000, two big screens, one floating on the lake, one licensed area and one family-friendly area, entertainment to include live bands and cultural performances.

The Trusts Stadium, Henderson.
Capacity 6000, indoor venue with separate licensed and family areas, live entertainment with a West Auckland feel.

Mangere Arts Centre.
Family and children's activities, arts and crafts market, strong Maori and Pacific Island flavour.

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Old June 5th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #243
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Parker: Don't take RWC from us

Christchurch is "utterly" committed to holding its Rugby World Cup matches, despite the damage wreaked on the city by last week's earthquake, Mayor Bob Parker says.

Questions have been raised about whether the city will be able to host the event, given predictions that it may take months to get essential services up and running following last week's 6.3-magnitude quake.

Christchurch is scheduled to host five pool games and two quarterfinals in the Cup which begins on September 9.

When asked at a press conference how confident he was Christchurch would still be able to host those games, in the wake of the devastation caused by the 6.3 magnitude quake on February 22, Mr Parker replied: "Utterly, absolutely, totally committed to that".

He said he had conveyed that to Prime Minister John Key, who had given his support, and to all the relevant ministers.

"I have conveyed to them that the citizens of this city will be far from pleased if they miss out on an event that has taken on a different meaning to the people of Christchurch and the people of Canterbury.


"We have to be pragmatic and realistic and accommodation is one of the issues that is concerning us. AMI Stadium is going to be fine for the Rugby World Cup and we are determined to make it happen here in Christchurch."

Mr Key said yesterday there was still a chance Christchurch would host its games.

"My strong preference is to hold the Cup in Christchurch if we can, because I think it sends a very strong international message that Christchurch is going through a rebuilding phase, and equally, if we don't, sadly the message is it's not."

Mr Parker said today it would be some months before the central business district (CBD) of Christchurch would reopen.

"You can see with the level of damage that we have in the CBD that it is going to be some months before it is going to be reopened. However, in terms of putting a timeline on what that is, we just don't have information at this stage."

A lot of planning work needed to be done, but he hoped to be able to give a time within the next few weeks.

The death toll from the quake rose by one today, to 161, after a body was retrieved from the Pyne Gould building. Police expect the toll to reach 240 by the time all bodies are recovered.

However, they are still treating their searches as a rescue mission, citing incidents overseas where people have been rescued alive after 10 days.

"Officially, yes, this is still a rescue operation...overseas it is not unusual to pull people alive after 10 days," Superintendent Russell Gibson told Radio New Zealand.

The names of two Israelis who were killed in the quake were officially released today.

They were Ofir Levy and Gabi Ingel.

Mr Key said an Israeli search and rescue group organised by their families was refused entry to the cordon because it was not United Nations-accredited and because it was felt there were enough rescue teams at work.

The bodies of Mr Levy and Mr Ingel and that of a third Israeli citizen have been returned to Israel.

Deteriorating weather whipped up dust storms around Christchurch yesterday hampering search and rescue efforts, but the wind eased last night allowing significant progress to be made at the Christ Church Cathedral, Mr Gibson said.

"They've now started taking away beams and things from the bell tower, so we are at last going to see some movement in that area."

In London an estimated 2500 New Zealanders gathered at a service in Westminister Cathedral today (NZ time) to pay tribute to those killed in the quake.

A message from Mr Key was read and New Zealander Hayley Westenra sang the national anthem.
I would have thought the priorities in CHCH would be to build up the city again not waste money on 80 minutes of 30 obese blokes have a gay maul.
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Old July 4th, 2011, 12:25 AM   #244
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Last of the World Cup tickets go on sale
NZ HERALD
5:30 AM Monday Jul 4, 2011

The next few days may be your last chance to get to a Rugby World Cup match, as the last of the tickets go on sale today. The remaining tickets to the pool games will be available from 9am on the official tournament website. Tickets to the knockout matches will go on sale tomorrow, also from 9am on the tournament site. Punters are being urged to get in quick as the demand is expected to be huge and tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis. Adult and children's tickets will be available to all 40 pool matches, which will be spread around the country.

Some of the cheapest adult tickets are in the standing areas on the terraces and grass embankments of the stadiums; one of those will cost $31, or $15 for a child, but ticketsthat cheap are available for only about 17 games. You can still get a bargain for many of the other matches, with some of the lower-priced tickets going for $41 and $51. You can see Fiji go up against Samoa at Eden Park for $41; top-grade tickets to that game would cost you $123. But other A-grade tickets are a little steeper, with the New Zealand versus France match at Eden Park costing $460, the same as for the first match of the tournament, New Zealand versus Tonga.

A children's ticket to that encounter will set you back $61. Tickets to the knockout games are expected to go quickly, with the cheapest priced at $97 for the bronze final. The A-grade tickets are priced at from $358 for the bronze final, $491 for a quarter-final and almost $800 for a semifinal. Remaining tickets to the final were not readily available last night but may also be up for grabs.

Meanwhile, the last of the auditions for the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony took place at the weekend. Dozens of people turned out in Auckland yesterday to show they've got what it takes to be a part of the group welcoming the world on the big night.

To buy tickets go to www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets
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Old July 4th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #245
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Visitors' fun rated higher than All Black's win
NZ HERALD
5:30 AM Saturday Jul 2, 2011

New Zealanders care more about Rugby World Cup visitors having a good time than the All Blacks winning the trophy, a poll has found. The Herald-DigiPoll survey of 750 people last week found that 59.2 per cent rated visitors' experiences more important than an All Blacks triumph (36.6 per cent). The poll asked: "Which of these possible outcomes is more important to you?" Respondents were given three choices: the All Blacks winning the cup, the visitors having a great time in New Zealand, or don't know.

Tournament boss Martin Snedden said he would have expected the poll to produce the opposite result. "It's natural for New Zealand ... If you gave people the opportunity to choose both, I think you would get another twist," he said. Mr Snedden has said that although the All Blacks would have another chance of winning the World Cup in four years, New Zealand might not have the opportunity to host the tournament again. And most of the expected visitors during the tournament "don't give a toss" if the hosts won, he told an Australian newspaper, the Eden Magnet, last month.

Yesterday, Mr Snedden said the most important thing was for New Zealanders to maintain a positive attitude towards the tournament and its visitors. "Within that atmosphere there's nothing wrong with New Zealanders backing the All Blacks to the hilt." Last month, he said the Real NZ nationwide festival being held in parallel to the World Cup would engage visitors and locals as much as - if not more than - the rugby. More than 500 festival events will be held around the country in September and October.

Festival director Briony Ellis said New Zealanders were starting to realise that the World Cup was an unmatched opportunity to showcase the country. "That's what it's all about. New Zealanders want to show the world what we have."

THE CHOICES

When the Rugby World Cup takes place in New Zealand this year, which of these possible outcomes is more important to you?

* The All Blacks winning the Cup - 36.6 per cent
* That the visitors have a great time in New Zealand - 59.2 per cent
* Don't know: 4.2 per cent
* Margin of error: 3.6 per cent
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Off-field fun for rugby teams
NZ HERALD
5:30 AM Sunday Jul 3, 2011

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New Zealand will roll out the red carpet for its visiting international rugby stars, providing them with five-star treatment during the World Cup. The first teams will fly in at the start of September to official welcomes in Maori and English - the first experience of a hongi for many of the hulking overseas sportsmen. And then they will climb on the bus to their hotels. With only 68 days until kick-off, teams have locked in some of New Zealand's best hotels and have already planned extracurricular activities off the field.

Our neighbours across the Tasman have their sights set on an adventurous getaway to the picturesque South Island town of Hanmer Springs. The squad will spend four days between games at the 4 star Heritage Hotel with "the Southern Alps as their constant backdrop". Despite the luxurious comfort indoors, coach and Cantabrian Robbie Deans has planned to take the team out on his much-loved jet boat. "He's jet boat mad, so the jet boat will come out at some stage," said Matt McIlraith, the Wallabies spokesman. "Hopefully he doesn't drown some of our players." It was important for players to be rested and refreshed during the competition's down-time, he added.

Ireland spokesman Karl Richardson said they would be making the most of their time in New Zealand, revisiting hot spots they enjoyed during last year's visit. "I do remember a greyish picture of the team Zorbing [in Rotorua] on Wayne Shelford's book shelf ... [also] mud baths and white water rafting." Whether the big front row forwards can squeeze into the hole on a Zorb inflatable ball remains to be seen. The Irish team also plan to go fishing in the wilderness of New Plymouth - the hometown of one of their coaches, former All Black Greg Feek.

Russia will enjoy 180 degree views of Tauranga when they stay at The Sebel Trinity Wharf, a four-star hotel built over the water. They will have the luxury of a waterfront bar, an outdoor swimming pool and fully-equipped gymnasium. Russian spokeswoman Ilya Nechaev said the team was looking forward to returning to New Zealand after they played two friendly matches against Taranaki and South Canterbury in January.

Further north, Japan, Samoa and Fiji are hoping for a more natural experience by visiting the volcanic rock formations in Kerikeri and sailing the seas. Samoa's team manager Matthew Vaea said they planned to take the Spirit of New Zealand, a ship more often used to develop teenagers' leadership qualities, to Waiheke Island.

But not all teams will be seeking adventure.

Argentinian Rugby Union media manager Rafael Laria said their main focus was rugby. "Once a week we will make an Argentinian barbecue, an 'asado'. The players are here for the World Cup, so on rest days they will prefer to do quiet activities," Laria said.

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Australia
Hotels: Crown Plaza, Auckland. Intercontinental, Wellington. Heritage Hotel, Hanmer Springs

Activities: Out on Robbie Deans' jetboat. Visit to Christchurch.

England
Hotels: SkyCity, Auckland.

Canada
Hotels: Bluewater Hotel, Napier.

Italy
Hotels: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson. Pullman Hotel, Auckland. Mercure Leisure Lodge, Dunedin.

France
Hotels: Spencer on Byron, Takapuna.

Tonga
Hotels: Novotel Ellerslie, Auckland. Kingsgate, Whangarei. James Cook, Wellington.

Russia
Hotels: The Devon Hotel, New Plymouth. Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim. Monaco Resort, Nelson. The Sebel Hotel Trinity Wharf, Tauranga. Heritage Hotel, Rotorua.

South Africa
Hotels: Intercontinental, Wellington. Bayview Wairakei Resort, Taupo.

Japan
Activities: Visit volcanic rock formations in Kerikeri. Plan to go fishing, off-road driving, bungy jumping, cycling and mountain biking, in Auckland, Whangarei, Napier and Hamilton.

Fiji
Activities: White Island Cruise in Whakatane. SkyTower Walk in Auckland.

Samoa
Activities: Spirit of New Zealand from Auckland to Waiheke Island (tbc). Visiting Samoan churches around the country.

Ireland
Activities: Zorb in Rotorua, white-water rafting, bungy jump in Taupo, fishing in New Plymouth.

Scotland
Hotel: Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill.
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Why NZ has to be so far away from Chile?!
Why don't we have have a good rugby team?!

My friends call me kiwi and i can still remember being in Aucklands airport in front of a "Kiwi Store" posing dor a picture hahaha

Lets watch the WC in HD at least.
Nice stadiums btw
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Why NZ has to be so far away from Chile?!
Why don't we have have a good rugby team?!

My friends call me kiwi and i can still remember being in Aucklands airport in front of a "Kiwi Store" posing dor a picture hahaha

Lets watch the WC in HD at least.
Nice stadiums btw
I hope that we treated you well when you visited our far away shores I like all the stadiums except Eden Park but in saying that it is a huge improvement from the old Eden Park
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Rugby World Cup ticket sales pass one million mark
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Ticket sales for the Rugby World Cup have passed the one million mark. Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 said it had seen a surge in sales since all remaining tickets were put up for grabs this week. It said the recent sales had boosted ticket revenue by $17 million to $220 million. That is 82 per cent of its revenue target of $268.5 million - an operating loss of $39 million. RNZ 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden said he was thrilled with how ticket sales had gone so far. The tournament had more than nine times the revenue of 2005 British and Irish Lions tour - which held the previous record at $24 million, he said.

"This has been a tremendous start to our final ticketing campaign and we are thrilled with the way fans in New Zealand and around the world have responded. "This is a fantastic result and is about where we expected to be with little over two months until the Tournament kicks-off." Over the last six weeks 211,000 Rugby World Cup tickets have been sold for a total value of $51 million. The cheapest All Blacks tickets available for the Rugby World Cup are now $194 each. There are no seats left for the New Zealand-France pool match at Eden Park on September 24 and the Bronze and Grand Finals.
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'Sold out' signs go up as Cup sales soar
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5:30 AM Thursday Jul 7, 2011

Only a third of Rugby World Cup tickets are left as sales hit the one million mark - and three matches have sold out. Tournament organisers yesterday revealed the latest sales figures, which add up to 63 per cent of tickets available and 74 per cent of the targeted number. Sales surged this week as the remaining seats were put on the market in the final ticketing phase. About 100,000 tickets - or 6 per cent of the total - sold in the past three days. All Black matches have been big sellers, but games between some of the visiting teams have also sold well.

Ireland versus Italy in Dunedin and South Africa versus Samoa in Albany have seats available in only one category, and the France-Canada game in Napier has sold out. The final and New Zealand's game against France are also booked out. "This has been a tremendous start to our final ticketing campaign, and we are thrilled with the way fans in New Zealand and around the world have responded," said Martin Snedden, chief executive of tournament organisers Rugby New Zealand 2011. They are expecting ticket sales to pull in $268.5 million, based on 1.35 million tickets being sold for the 48 games - 84 per cent of capacity.

This week's sales have boosted revenue by $17 million to $220 million, reaching 82 per cent of the income target. In the past six weeks, fans have bought 211,000 tickets worth $51 million. "This is a fantastic result, and is about where we expected to be with little over two months until the tournament kicks off," Mr Snedden said. Previously, the highest revenue-generating event in New Zealand's history had been the 2005 Lions tour, which grossed $24 million, Mr Snedden said.

Tickets can be bought online at www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets
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Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 today confirmed arrangements for the Official Team Welcomes for each of the 20 participating teams at Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011). A mix of marae-based and civic events are being arranged for each team (see schedule below). “These welcomes will be warm and uniquely New Zealand flavoured,” said Michelle Hooper, Team Services Manager for Tournament Organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011. “They will combine local cultural elements and distinctive regional hospitality to ensure teams begin their stay here in a memorable way.” The location of each welcome has been determined by the region the team will first stay in.

“The regions have really embraced this concept, have been central to planning and are thrilled about being the first to welcome the teams to New Zealand and the opportunity it provides to showcase themselves to the world.” A key part of each welcome will be the official capping ceremony where each of the 30 team members receives an official commemorative cap marking his participation in the seventh Rugby World Cup. Welcomes take place between September 1 and 8 and involve 12 marae and eight civic ceremonies. Japan will be the first team welcomed on September 1 at Aotea Square in Auckland and Russia, the last, at Blenheim’s Omaka Marae on September 8.

A marae is a meeting place for Maori communities and the welcome ceremony or powhiri includes speeches and songs, and concludes with a meal or hākari. The civic welcomes will also include powhiri elements (see note below). “Underlining all welcomes is the Maori spirit of hospitality or manaakitanga, which means the act of hosting or caring,” said Michelle Hooper. “The welcomes will show teams that their arrival here is special both for local communities and our country and will be a great example of the warm hosting we are sure New Zealanders will provide teams and fans throughout the Tournament.”

Tournament owners Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) believes the welcomes will provide a unique and warm reception for the 20 teams and set the tone for the seven-week tournament. A RWCL Director will be present at each welcome. “The warmth of the team welcomes will be the start of a great New Zealand experience for all players and officials at RWC 2011,” said Kit McConnell, RWCL Tournament Director. “An important part of each Rugby World Cup, part of what makes the tournament special, is the way each team engages with the host country and the communities hosting them.

“This Tournament is not just about the Rugby, it is also about showcasing the very best that New Zealand has to offer from its cuisine, culture and countryside, to the warmth of its people. It will be an exceptional experience for all who travel to New Zealand for RWC 2011. The teams are excited about arriving here, and I am sure communities throughout New Zealand are excited about welcoming them and making them feel at home.” The arrival of each team into the country will also be acknowledged in a uniquely New Zealand way with an informal welcome by the public and local community at the final airport they arrive at on their journey to New Zealand.

Marae: Central to Maori culture and community activities is the marae. Marae are dedicated buildings which represent the genealogy and stories of the local iwi or people. Marae provide a meeting place for Maori and their communities to gather for celebrations, bereavements, wānanga or learning forums, and hui or meetings.

Powhiri: Manaakitanga is how Maori uniquely express hospitality to their guests or manuhiri. This unique expression is visible when Maori welcome visitors during a ceremony called powhiri (also pōhiri). A powhiri is a set of protocols which include speeches and songs, and concludes with a meal or hakari. The protocols can vary between iwi and regions.

Team Welcome Ceremonies

Japan - Auckland, Aotea Square .... Sept 1
Romania - Ashburton Events Centre .... Sept 2
Namibia - Gisborne, Te Poho o Rawiri Marae .... Sept 3
France - Auckland, Orakei Marae, Bastion Point .... Sept 3
Italy - Nelson, Whakatau Marae .... Sept 3
New Zealand - Auckland, Aotea Square .... Sept 3
USA - Whanganui, Putiki Marae .... Sept 4
Argentina - Dunedin Town Hall .... Sept 4
Ireland - Queenstown, Skyline .... Sept 4
Wales - Wellington, Takapuwahia Marae, Porirua .... Sept 4
South Africa - Wellington, Te Raukura .... Sept 5
Canada - Northland, Waitangi, Paihia .... Sept 5
Tonga - Auckland, Papakura Marae, Papakura .... Sept 6
Georgia - Queenstown, Skyline .... Sept 6
Fiji - Tauranga, Huria Marae .... Sept 6
Australia - Auckland, Aotea Square .... Sept 6
England - Dunedin Town Hall .... Sept 6
Samoa - Rotorua, Ohinemutu .... Sept 8
Scotland - Invercargill, Te Rau Aroha Marae .... Sept 8
Russia - Blenheim, Omaka Marae .... Sept 8

P.S. Ireland and Georgia score big time, the Skyline in Queenstown is breathtaking - lucky buggers ... the view from Skyline:

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RWC party central details announced
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7:35 PM Thursday Jun 30, 2011



All 48 Rugby World Cup matches will be screened on multiple big screens at Auckland's QUEEN'S WHARF, Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully says. Work on the wharf was almost complete, on time and within budget, he said. The wharf, which has been described by the Government as "party central", will be open every day of the tournament with free access. "New Zealanders and visitors will be able to watch the rugby on big screens, enjoy free concerts by top Kiwi bands and view displays of New Zealand's creativity, innovation and ingenuity," Mr McCully said.

The highlights will include an official Rugby World Cup fan zone, which would screen all 48 matches live on big screens, a series of live concert, and the giant globe-trotting Tourism New Zealand rugby ball that was a prominent part of the last tournament in France. The wharf's new building, named The Cloud, will host a series of events showcasing New Zealand business and industry innovation. "From a commercial point of view, the food and beverage industries, the boat builders, the fashion design people, the film makers will all have their chance to use this space.

There will be an international audience here in September and October," Mr McCully said. The wharf will also host the Real New Zealand Festival, which will feature live local acts including Opshop, The Feelers, The Black Seeds, Katchafire, Don McGlashan, Greg Johnson, Bella Kalolo, Moana and the Tribe, Tami Neilson and I Am Giant. Mr McCully said more acts were being secured but he was confident the line-up would display the best of New Zealand music. The giant rugby ball was also a welcome addition, he said.

"It has always received good feedback and now New Zealanders will be able to enjoy the display during the RWC." What would happen to The Cloud after the World Cup Would be up to the Waterfront Development Agency and there were no plans to send it to Christchurch, as has been suggested. "The Waterfront Development Agency has told us that they want us to keep it here and use it for events. The commitment we've given is it's here for as long as the Auckland Waterfront Development Agency wants it: they're our partner in the ownership of the site and if they can use it, they can have it."

Mr McCully said he was not concerned about ticket sales, which have been slower than predicted. "We've still got quite a few tickets to sell, but I'm comfortable that we're looking pretty good. "I'm focused on Australia as a market where we can be more active now. For those people it is not a long trip and they were always going to be a market we focused on and we'll be doing that now, in the last phase before Rugby World Cup 2011." Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the daily programme would be built around the tournament's 48 matches.

Shed 10 would be the heart of the fan zone, but the wharf's flexible spaces would allow it to expand outdoors and into The Cloud for the biggest matches. "Queens Wharf will be the country's biggest official fan zone and the best place in New Zealand to watch the matches live on screen," Mr Brown said. "Whether or not you have tickets to matches you can still be a part of RWC 2011 at Queens Wharf with all the action on screen and official merchandise available on site." "Standing here in Shed 10, this is amazing. This was a dingy hole and look at it now - they are really starting to get it shaped-up. Sponsors including ANZ, Heineken, Brancott Estate and DHL will also have exhibitions.

Further announcements from other sponsors and more details of activities were expected in the near future.

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Charming cities and stadia. Should be a good tournament.
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Charming cities and stadia. Should be a good tournament.
Thanks for the reassurance
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I thought that it would be time for a SUMMARY of the Cities | Towns | Regions that some people will be visiting.

SOUTH ISLAND

CHRISTCHURCH - Part 1
CHRISTCHURCH - Part 2


AKAROA - Part 1
AKAROA - Part 2
AKAROA - Part 3
AKAROA - Part 4
AKAROA - Part 5


QUEENSTOWN - Part 1
QUEENSTOWN - Part 2

ARROWTOWN - Part 1
ARROWTOWN - Part 2


NORTH ISLAND


AUCKLAND - Part 1
AUCKLAND - Part 2

WAIHEKE ISLAND - Part 1
WAIHEKE ISLAND - Part 2


WELLINGTON - Part 1
WELLINGTON - Part 2


RUSSELL - Part 1
RUSSELL - Part 2


HAWKES BAY REGION - Part 1
HAWKES BAY REGION - Part 2

NAPIER - Part 1
NAPIER - Part 2

HASTINGS - Part 1


TAURANGA | MOUNT MAUNGANUI - Part1


COROMANDEL REGION - Part 1
COROMANDEL REGION - Part 2

WHANGAMATA - Part 1
WHANGAMATA - Part 2
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if i had more $$ i would have come over for this, always wanted to visit kiwi land being there for the biggest party in the countries history would have been great. Plus seeing a bit of rugby would have been fun.
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if i had more $$ i would have come over for this, always wanted to visit kiwi land being there for the biggest party in the countries history would have been great. Plus seeing a bit of rugby would have been fun.
It is an expensive affair, I am surprised that the ticket sales are going so well - some have been saving for years by the look of things I hope that you win the lottery mate
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Here is a great website showing all the events + festivals planned around NZ during the World Cup (such as NZ Fashion Week in Auckland and if you are in Wellington don't miss WOW, it is an annual event and it is awesome (the video will give you an idea of what to expect) ....... EXPERIENCE REAL NZ

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Discount wi-fi zone to be ready for Cup visitors
NZ HERALD
5:30 AM Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

The Auckland Council says its partnership with service provider Tomizone will expand a discount wi-fi network in time for it to be used by Rugby World Cup visitors. The partnership was announced on the same day as the council revealed a new study showing how early investment in broadband could boost the city's economic productivity by 7 to 9 per cent above targets. Mayor Len Brown said the wi-fi zone would cover Kingsland, all of Queen St, Britomart and Queens Wharf, lower Parnell, northern Ponsonby Rd, Mt Eden Village andOnehunga.

It would also be in main rugby training areas and selected transport hubs around Auckland. The network would stay after the rugby tournament, and continue expanding to other parts of Auckland. "Auckland Council will retain control of the content, which gives it a flexible platform for the future," said Mr Brown. Service would be at a guaranteed discount to market rates, with free access to websites giving information on World Cup activities, public services, tourism and transport services.

A spokeswoman for the mayor's office said the amount of the ratepayers' investment in the service was unavailable because it was commercially sensitive. The money came from former councils' broadband development budgets and expansion would be self-funded, she said. It would not be an ongoing cost to the council and ratepayers because profits from the service would be reinvested in expansion. Tomizone director Steve Simms said the expansion would be attractive to residents and visitors who wanted to use their wi-fi gadgets in the city and use their roaming accounts from providers such as Skype, iPass and Bongo.

For Aucklanders, it meant more and better wireless internet access for portable devices such as iPads. The council's economic development forum yesterday received a Berl Economics consultancy report on broadband benefits. It was a joint study with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Priority One Tauranga development agency. Forum acting chairman Cameron Brewer said the study was timely as it identified priorities for the introduction of new capacity for Crown Fibre and local fibre companies.

Berl's favoured priority targets were downtown Auckland, Newmarket and Grafton, Penrose, Takapuna, Devonport, Whangaparaoa, Snells Beach, Warkworth, Wellsford, Helensville, Pukekohe and Waiuku.
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