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Old August 8th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #281
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Eden Park scores big at its biggest test before the RWC 2011
NZ HERALD
5:30 AM Monday Aug 8, 2011



The Rugby World Cup will turn up the excitement at Eden Park another notch from the weekend's All Black spectacle. Tournament boss Martin Snedden and former All Blacks praised the stadium's atmosphere and delivery on Saturday night, when New Zealand beat Australia 30-14. "I woke up this morning and thought, 'That was exactly what I had hoped for'," Mr Snedden said yesterday. The temporary stands set up on the east and west sides of Eden Park turned the stadium into a bowl buzzing with a "special feeling".

"Overall, it performed probably better than my expectations," he said. "I'm not a fan of the Mexican wave, but to see it ripple up the tracks on both ends was really interesting." For the World Cup, there will be extra tournament branding around the stadium and the field will be free of sponsors' markings. A further 300 volunteers and extra signs will help to guide spectators and the stadium entertainment will be turned up a notch. "If you put all of these things together, and you add the fact that the next game will be a Rugby World Cup match - which in itself will create that special feeling - it's pretty encouraging," Mr Snedden said.

Former All Black Alan Whetton said after watching the game he believed Eden Park was ready. "I think it worked very well last night, and I think a lot of people will be very happy with the facilities there. "[There were] no problems, good service, good atmosphere, a pretty big crowd. I parked the car and walked to the game, and had no problem getting in or getting out. I thought it went pretty smoothly." Whetton - who was given his All Black cap with twin Gary at a ceremony on Friday night - said the temporary stands and extra capacity would make a real difference to the atmosphere at the knockout tournament games.

The former test forward said Eden Park was a fitting World Cup venue given New Zealand's size and the resources available. "Where else are we going to go? A majority of the World Cup games are going to be at Eden Park. Sixty thousand people. Just enjoy the event and what we've got." Former All Black Josh Kronfeld had tickets right on the halfway line in the ASB Stand and said the extra capacity made a real difference. "There's a mass of people. You definitely know that it's twice the size of what it was ... I thought it had a good atmosphere to be our number one stadium.

"It seemed like everyone got into their seating really easily. I've been in other stadiums where you can walk around and around and not find your gate." While service and facilities compared favourably with international stadiums, Kronfeld said the major drawback of Eden Park was spectators could feel a long way from the action.

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RWC 2011 | Seeing the best of Auckland by public transport

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For many Aucklanders, the Rugby World Cup is going to mean visitors descending on a couch near you. Whether it be rugby-mad Uncle Hector from Britain deciding now is a great time to visit New Zealand, or the whole clan from Timaru coming up to check out the action in the big smoke, entertainment will be required. As anyone who's ever had houseguests knows, it can be exhausting ferrying them around the sights. To help you out, we've tried out a few trips they can do on their own on public transport, easing the load on all involved (guests like a bit of freedom too!). The kids thought it was excellent fun being freed from their carseat shackles and getting on to trains and buses. It gave us a really different perspective too - a bit more "enjoy the ride" than look-straight-ahead-and-concentrate-on-your-lane. What a nice change. If you're not a public transport user and you're trying to send your family or friends off on a jaunt, maxx.co.nz needs to become your best friend. The trips we've featured are guides only, so please use the Journey Planner tool on this site to check for the most up-to-date information. For return journeys there is a button at the bottom of your search results which will show you how to get back to the CBD.

Hot pool heaven

Waiwera Thermal Resort is always a lovely family day out. Your guests can have a splash with the kids, soak in the hot mineral pools, have a spa treatment or watch a movie in the undercover pool. Buses leave from 13 Albert St in the city. Take the 895 North Star bus.

Get back to nature

If your visitors have done too much indulging over the Rugby World Cup, they might be up for a scenic walk. Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve is 25 hectares of unique wildlife on a long sandbank with three trails varying from 40 minutes to an hour-and-a-half (to see the whole area). It's perfect for viewing native flora and birdlife. Take the 767 or 769 Metrolink bus from Britomart to Riddell Rd, walk through Glendowie Park to Tamaki Estuary and then south along the waterfront to the reserve. After the walk, head south along the waterfront to Pt England and into Glen Innes where the train and bus options are many for getting back to the city.

Facts, flowers and French-ness

It's not far out of the city by public transport but Parnell will provide your guests with a wealth of choice. There's a green inner LINK bus that goes from Customs St East (opposite Fort Lane). Or from August 21 catch the new amber outer LINK bus (see box at right) from Wellesley St. Both go to the top of Parnell Rd and from there you have several options. Take a 15-minute walk to the fascinating Auckland Museum and Domain; walk to St Georges Bay Rd and head down the hill to La Cigale; or take the 703 bus from 16 St Stephens Ave to the Rose Gardens (or you can walk). La Cigale is a French shop which has a lively market on Saturday or Sunday mornings and the Rose Gardens has stunning views of the harbour. If none of those take your fancy you can just meander back down Parnell Rd past the Chocolate Boutique (try the Italian Denzo hot chocolate) and through the village.

Don't miss the lanes off the main street, where you can check out the art galleries, restaurants and boutiquey shops.

Fluttery friends

If the kids love animals you might want to take the Airbus Express from Queen St, near Tyler St, to the airport. Or take the train to Papatoetoe and then take the 380 Airporter bus which stops at Butterfly Creek. You can see the butterfly enclosure, the fish, the farm and animals and even some crocs. There's a train ride for the kids, cafe and playground. Great for little plane spotters too, and right next door is Treasure Island Adventure Mini Golf.

Markets and coastal walks

Taking a bus to Takapuna is fun. Your guests will have a scenic ride across the harbour bridge and if they go on a Sunday morning they'll catch the markets. There's live music, bric-a-brac, art and craft, fruit and vegetables and fabulous artisan produce such as handmade cheese, sausages and French pastries. Afterwards they can grab an icecream and take a stroll along the beach. If they are feeling particularly active there is a fantastic coastal walk from Takapuna to Milford and back (just make sure to wear sensible walking shoes, as it is rocky) and go at low tide. The market is from 9am-12pm. Buses leave regularly from 17 Albert St (stop 7075) stopping right outside the markets.

Retail therapy

If there are keen spenders in your group, they can easily take a train on the Eastern line from Britomart right to the doorstep of Sylvia Park Shopping Centre. They can give the credit card a hammering on shoes, clothes, homewares and whatever else can fit in their suitcases. Check out the kids' playgrounds and a lolly shop, Sweet, where you can see live demonstrations of candy being made. Closer to the city, there are plenty of buses and trains from south, west and city all running regularly to Auckland's fashion capital, Newmarket.

Beeline for the beach

One of the nicest short trips out of the city to get some instant beach action is to get on a bus along Tamaki Drive. Your visitors can get off where they choose: Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, Mission Bay, St Heliers, Kohimarama. If they're after somewhere lively then the people, pubs, restaurants, choice of multiple icecream shops, fountain and playground, make Mission Bay the best bet. The others are good for a slightly quieter, less manic scene. For more action, rent a kayak or bikes. It's so wonderful that in Auckland you can be at the beach after a 10- minute bus ride from the CBD. Take buses 767, 769 or 756 from Britomart and get off wherever takes your fancy.

Ramble through the gardens

A trip to the Botanic Gardens is not just for elderly aunts who love rhododendrons. It's a beautiful 64-hectare lush green space, with room to run and ramble, find a picnic spot and generally have a great family day. It has 10,000 plants from around the world with a cafe on site, if packing a picnic is too much effort. Take a train from Britomart to the Manurewa stop and then take the Howick & Eastern bus 466 to the gardens.

Wonderful west

Titirangi is consistently a fun morning or afternoon out. There's the lovely Lopdell House for some New Zealand art, the fabulous and always-busy Hardware Cafe, the Exhibition Drive pipeline walk (allow 1.5 hours for this) and the Titirangi Village market on the last Sunday of every month. There are plenty of options to get there via New Lynn (a 113, 136, 154, 163, 198, 199, 224 or 233) where you can transfer to a 173 or 179 (which leave hourly on Sundays for Titirangi village). Again, check times on maxx.co.nz to get there and back. .

Thrills and spills

If the kids need entertaining, head south. Take the 471 or 472 bus from 55 Customs St to Rainbow's End, New Zealand's largest theme park. There are loads of rides for all levels of courage. They can get dizzy, be suspended, fall from a height, twist rapidly or get wet - what more could any self-respecting kid want?

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Ferry to Devonport to explore the shops, Torpedo Bay naval museum and pretty streets of Victorian villas

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Ferry to Waiheke where the Fullers Island Hopper buses take you to loads of interesting places (Hopper restarts September 5).

Travel pass for the Cup

During Rugby World Cup 2011, Auckland Transport will issue a special edition public transport and discount pass for tourists to the city. The pass will cost just $15 a day and offers unlimited travel on Auckland's trains, buses and ferries (with the exception of Airbus Express and ferries to the gulf islands, Half Moon Bay, Pine Harbour, West Harbour, Gulf Harbour and Waiheke Island). Passes will be available for tourists from September 1 to October 31. (Further information on maxx.co.nz from mid- August).

The new link bus services will start operating on August 21.

City LINK runs the length of Queen St every seven to eight minutes, with every second bus going to Wynyard Quarter. It replaces the old City Circuit bus.

Inner LINK renames the existing LINK with route changes to make it more direct. It will travel via Albert St rather than Queen St, and direct from Ponsonby and Karangahape Rd to Auckland City Hospital and Newmarket via Grafton Bridge.

Outer LINK will run every 15 minutes around Pt Chevalier, Mt Albert, St Lukes, Mt Eden, Epsom, Newmarket and Parnell, as well as Auckland and AUT universities and Wellesley St in the city centre.
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Sorry gents, this is a little off-topic... Why was Sebastien Chabal omitted from the French National team?
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Simply because he wasn't good enough at the opinion of the national coach, opinion that I share.
There are other players, as Harinordoquy, Picamoles, Lakafia.., who deserved more his place.
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Simply because he wasn't good enough at the opinion of the national coach, opinion that I share.
There are other players, as Harinordoquy, Picamoles, Lakafia.., who deserved more his place.
I see... Thanks for the info!
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More overseas visitors expected for Rugby World Cup than previously predicted
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3:59 PM Tuesday Aug 9, 2011

An extra 10,000 overseas visitors are now expected for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in one month, organisers said today. Previously it was estimated that 85,000 overseas visitors would flood into New Zealand over the six-week tournament. But RNZ 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden said that was now expected to be 95,000 from over 100 countries, based on an increase in offshore ticket sales. "This tournament brings multiple economic benefits to our country as well as providing a priceless opportunity to show the best of New Zealand to the world," Mr Snedden said.

More than 30,000 fans are expected from across the Tasman, 25,000 fans from the UK & Ireland and another 10,000 from France, Mr Snedden said. "It's also terrific to see good numbers coming from the Americas, and that USA, Canada and Argentina will be well supported. Our estimates suggest 10,000 from these countries." Forty four per cent are thought to be first-time visitors to New Zealand. Ticket sales were also on track and had climbed to 1.08 million, pushing up revenue to $234 million - $34.5 million or 230,000 tickets short of the final target.

"This is clearly achievable," Mr Snedden said. "Fans have snapped up more than 180,000 tickets since the final ticketing phase launched on July 4. "Over the last 10 weeks or so, since the 100 days to go milestone, nearly 300,000 tickets, worth $65m, have been sold." He said a flurry of ticket sales were expected in the final build-up to the tournament. The Bledisloe Cup test last weekend also appears to have boosted the world's appetite for rugby; $1 million in tickets have been sold since the game. The Government, who is paying for the tournament, is expected to take a $39 million hit, but wider economic benefits have been estimated in the hundreds of millions.

"Our message to fans is, get in now as many matches will sell out. Time is really running out. While tickets are available to most matches, there is limited availability in many categories," Mr Snedden said. He also said the trial runs for Eden Park and the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin could barely have gone better. "We identified some fine tuning we will need to do as expected, but by and large the venue and plans passed the test with flying colours and the fans appear to have endorsed that view." Meanwhile RNZ 2011's polling also confirms growing interest in RWC 2011.

"Nationally, 88 per cent of New Zealanders say they are interested to some degree in RWC and despite all of the challenges and disappointments for the people of Christchurch this year, they remain one of the most interested of the regions with 42 per cent of those polled in Christchurch saying they are very interested." The Colmar Brunton poll of 750 people was carried out in June 2011.
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World Cup WAGS to hit Auckland

The much-awaited Rugby World Cup kicks off a month from today, and to help get you in the mood, Auckland Now presents a guide to the glamour girls and the hottest players about to hit our shores. Yes, we know it's all about the very important business of rugby, but with some serious celebrity power, not to mention royalty, in line to visit come tournament time, an injection of glamour is set to hit Auckland. Kate and William may not be coming, but we might catch a glimpse of the latest royal bride Zara Phillips, who recently married England captain Mike Tindall. Also keep an eye out for pint-sized Welsh songstress Duffy, who we hope will make an appearance on Welsh player Mike Phillips' arm.

But, most likely to make a splash is rugby's golden couple, Italian captain Sergio Parisse and his beauty queen girlfriend Alexandra Rosenfeld. Our local WAGs won't be outdone either. Expect to see Honor Dillon (who is set to take Dan Carter off the market) and Casey Green (the woman who snared Ali Williams) soaking up the atmosphere before their upcoming nuptials. But the UK WAGs are the ones to watch, says About Town's Amanda Midgley. "The soccer WAGs get plenty of attention, but the rugby wives and girlfriends are every bit as glamorous." They include English WAG, singer Una Healy, Welsh WAG and X-factor finalist Lucie Jones and Irish WAG and actress Susie Amy, and Midgley expects retail therapy to be high on their list of pastimes.

"The international WAGs will definitely be making a beeline for the premiere shopping spots. Think Nuffield St in Newmarket; Gucci, Louis Vuitton and the DFS Gallery, which has Tiffany's, in town. They may also hit the local designer boutiques in Ponsonby." Midgley believes the local WAGs will keep their socialising under the radar. "They'll certainly be moving in close-knit VIP crews." While glamour boys like our own Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams will likely limit themselves on wining and dining during the tournament, once they've done their stint on the field they'll be able to enjoy the privacy of VIP parties at million-dollar clifftop mansions before they head off to the best spots in town.

"A definite hotspot is the revamped Federal St where celebrity chefs Al Brown, Sean Connolly and Luke Dallow are opening restaurants. So that's certainly a place they'll be going to." There's also plenty of choice when it comes to clubbing and drinking, with Britomart likely to be high on the agenda. "1885 has a VIP area downstairs and you can only get in with a membership," says Midgley. "Also, there's Nectar in Kingsland, which is right next to the Kingslander. So while the hordes might go into the Kingslander after games at Eden Park, those in the know will be able to go upstairs to Nectar."

Other likely places to spot a WAG or even a glamour boy drowning his sorrow after a defeat from the men in black is the newly revamped Red Hummingbird in Federal St. Eden Park will also play host to most VIPS with the fully catered Pavillion and private boxes. The new Wynyard Quarter will also make provisions for VIPs visiting the tournament. The Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 9 with an opening ceremony that includes a 12-minute fireworks display on Auckland's waterfront before the All Blacks take on Tonga at Eden Park.

Who are the WAGs ?

Englishman Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips

Englishman Paul Sampson and Kirsty Gallacher, a TV presenter

Englishman Ben Foden and Una Healy, an Irish singer

Welshman Leigh Halfpenny and Lucie Jones, a wonderbra model and X-Factor finalist

Welshman Lee Byrne and Alex Jones, a TV presenter

Kiwi Dan Carter and Honor Dillon, former Black Stick

Kiwi Ali Williams and Casey Green

Italian Sergio Parisse and Alexandra Rosenfeld, a former Miss France

Irishman Rob Kearney and Susie Amy, an actress

Irishman Ronan O'Gara and Jessica Daly

Irishman Alan Quinlan and Ruth Griffin, a model

Irishman Luke Fitzgerald and Kelly Ingram-Walpole

Irishman Tommy Bowe and Kirsty McCullum

Irishman Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman, an actress


Sexiest players:

NZ: Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Richard Kahui, Sonny Bill Williams

Australia: James O'Connor, Will Genia

England: Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen, Jonny Wilkinson

France: Sebastian Chabal

South Africa: Bryan Habana, Victor Matfield

Italy: Sergio Parisse
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Chabal isn't in the french team and Ben Cohen is retired and hasn't made the English national team for 5 years. Anyone else find it strange that this thread is just Sydney posting crap that has nothing to do with stadiums or sports arenas?
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Chabal isn't in the french team and Ben Cohen is retired and hasn't made the English national team for 5 years. Anyone else find it strange that this thread is just Sydney posting crap that has nothing to do with stadiums or sports arenas?
Your lack of intelligence is showing - again ! This isn't the the Rugby World Cup STADIUM thread - it is the "New Zealand - IRB Rugby World Cup" thread and everything that has been posted here has to do with just that topic. If you look at all the other threads about big sporting events you will see that they post topics related to that specific event - not just stadiums. Also, I have posted pics of stadiums etc. if you care to look further than your nose.

What have you contributed ? - a big fat ZERO ! as usual all you can do is complain and troll threads. Why you haven't been banned yet is beyond my understanding ...... G+FYT !

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England star Phil Vickery explores New Zealand
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Phil Vickery has normally spent his days Down Under battling the All Blacks on the rugby pitch. But his travel experiences since retiring from England rugby last year have been altogether more restful. Not that he's been taking the easy road. A recent trip to New Zealand still saw him taking in city skylines from gasp-inducing heights, sampling the local wine and seal-spotting on the Otago Peninsula. There was even time to call in at the odd rugby ground, all in the name of research of course. Vickery has recently been announced as a co-commentator for the Rugby World Cup this autumn, so who better to send to the Land of the Long White Cloud to explore what else there is to do between those all-important matches?

Vickery is the first to confess this trip was certainly different to his previous experiences in New Zealand. 'I didn’t get the chance to be a tourist,' says the former England captain and British and Irish Lions prop. 'We were always training, playing, recovering…training, playing, recovering and always focused. I was there to do a job.' But on this visit the 35-year-old indulged in a slightly more relaxed itinerary of eating, drinking and having fun ahead of the World Cup which kicks off in Auckland on September 9. Just one word springs to mind when describing his first foray into life as a tourist in New Zealand. 'Awesome' he says. 'Everything about it. I didn’t even have jet lag too badly.' Back to nature: Phil explored the Otago Peninsula, known as the wildlife capital of New Zealand.

'Auckland I loved,' he explains in his distinctive burr. 'I mean, just the fact you can be in the city centre and then hop on a ferry and 25 minutes later you’re on an island in the middle of nowhere. I love that kind of lifestyle. 'I had a great time on Waiheke Island, and especially a fantastic meal at Mudbrick restaurant, looking out with the Auckland skyline away over the water. The produce and wine they have in New Zealand blew me away, and people’s enthusiasm for it especially. They really enjoy life over there.'

Vickery got chance for another unique city perspective 192m above street level when he did the SkyWalk around the top of the tower at Sky City.
'You’re harnessed, but the rope feels slack so it doesn’t seem like you’re held on. My brain was just saying there was nothing between me and the pavement 600 feet below except the wire walkway, no barrier, nothing. The views were awesome – I got a good look at Eden Park.' On South Island Vickery headed to Dunedin and was in awe of the brand new, permanently covered, Forsyth Barr stadium. 'I think the atmosphere there on a match day is going to be phenomenal. And from a player’s point of view, the surface was amazing – it’s a mix of artificial and natural grass, which will play hard and fast.

The England lads will love it. It all got me thinking that this is a great model for the northern hemisphere. It could really change the way leagues and timings happen – you won’t have to worry about the elements at all. 'The town itself was great. Really buzzing with all the students. 'I wanted to go surfing but didn’t have time. Instead we spent a day on the Otago Peninsula just next to the city, and that totally blew me away. I went out there with a guy called Perry Reid from Nature’s Wonders Naturally – what a fantastic bloke, so enthusiastic. 'I could have spent days there, surrounded by the ocean and the wind. It was paradise. We saw penguins and seals, and they had no fear, it was just a real privilege.

'Wellington was a blast too and brought back good memories – England beat the All Blacks there in 2003 before we went on to win the World Cup in Sydney! 'I got chance to talk to Conrad Smith (the current All Black centre), which was fun. The pressure on those home team boys is immense. Everyone you talk to, whether it’s an All Black or a cab driver, is determined this is going to be a great tournament; you really get a sense of that. 'And I could have stayed in Wellington for weeks. I really enjoyed Zealandia, which is a sanctuary for all sorts of local wildlife and not far from the centre, which is like walking through Jurassic Park, just totally mind blowing. And we had a great evening out at Matterhorn on Cuba Street. Apparently it was voted best bar in New Zealand for a few years running and you can see why. Although Vickery’s heart will always be in Cornwall it seems New Zealand may have won him over both on and off the pitch.

'It was a privilege facing the Haka when I used to play, I loved it,' he recalls. 'It’s great at Twickenham but when it’s on their home turf it’s something else. You just have to look into their eyes and you can immediately see the pride and the passion. 'And I had a fantastic time on this trip. The Rugby World Cup down there is going to be awesome, they’re putting so much into it, like the Real New Zealand festival that’s running alongside it. They’ve had a tough time with the earthquake in Christchurch but don’t think for a second that’s a reason not to visit. Go and watch the rugby but have a holiday too, it’s such a beautiful place.

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something slightly less out of date http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/mm/Docu...041707_PDF.pdf
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Your lack of intelligence is showing - again ! This isn't the the Rugby World Cup STADIUM thread - it is the "New Zealand - IRB Rugby World Cup" thread and everything that has been posted here has to do with just that topic. If you look at all the other threads about big sporting events you will see that they post topics related to that specific event - not just stadiums. Also, I have posted pics of stadiums etc. if you care to look further than your nose.

What have you contributed ? - a big fat ZERO ! as usual all you can do is complain and troll threads. Why you haven't been banned yet is beyond my understanding ...... G+FYT !

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your spamming these threads with absolute crap, then resort to childish name calling (but don't worry I won't judge), and I am the one that should be banned?
g+fyt what is this?
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About 50 superyachts are heading for Auckland in time for the Rugby World Cup, booking out marinas and promising to boost the marine sector. New Zealand-built luxury sailing yacht Vertigo is among those tipped to be in town for the cup. The Russians are also coming, with one superyacht owner splurging $30,000 on rugby tickets. One 90m vessel is booked for the council-owned Jellico St berth. Others range in length from 59m to 67m. "All are from Europe but we cannot identify them as per an agreement with the boat owners," a Waterfront Auckland spokesman said.

The executive director of the Marine Industry Association, Peter Busfield, said the superyachts were already on their way. "They're coming through the Panama Canal at the moment, from the Mediterranean, the Pacific and some are already here." The association was organising a conference for more than 100 superyacht captains and industry leaders during the Auckland International Boat Show which had been moved to coincide with the World Cup. "These guys employ 15 to 30 people so they've got to be skilled CEOs," he said. The boat show will be the largest staged in New Zealand with about 100 boats in the water at a purpose-built marina and 100 boats on land.

Besides New Zealand companies, exhibitors are coming from Australia, Europe and the United States. The influx of rugby visitors and the expected large number of wealthy individuals among them offered good prospects for the sector which had just moved into recovery following the global financial crisis. "A large percentage of them will be interested in fishing and sailing where we're well acknowledged as world leaders," he said. "It's been pretty tough - in the last 12 months growth has come back into the industry after a bit of a dip in 2009."

During the boom years of 2004 to 2006 about 6500 new boats were sold every year but this had fallen to 4000 a year since. However the maintenance and refit side of the sector had remained constant and accounted for about 60 per cent of turnover. New Zealand firms had carved out a lucrative niche in superyacht refits which are done every five years and are worth $6 million on average. Routine maintenance paid just as well. "A grease and oil change will probably cost them half a millon dollars."

Busfield said already 500 World Cup visitors had indicated they wanted to visit boatyards while here. "The New Zealand marine industry has always done well on the back of major events."

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Auckland International Boat Show Sept 15-18 timed to coincide with World Cup.
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Old August 16th, 2011, 08:56 AM   #297
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I think that we can expect something similar for the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony .... this was the opening of Auckland's new waterfront.

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Old August 19th, 2011, 06:09 AM   #298
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The new LINK bus system was launched today in Auckland, just in time for the RWC 2011.


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19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
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19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

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19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr


19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

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19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
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19 AUG 11 14°C LINK BUS
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Old August 19th, 2011, 06:46 AM   #299
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