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Old May 19th, 2010, 04:19 AM   #61
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FREE bus & train rides for RWC ticketholders
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12:15 PM Wednesday May 19, 2010

Rugby World Cup 2011 ticketholders in Auckland will get free rides on public transport to and from matches. Auckland RWC 2011 transport director Bruce Barnard said the move was to save ticketholders the time it would take to buy bus and train tickets. "This in turn means faster movement to and from matches which is the name of our game," Mr Barnard said. The free rides will be available in Auckland three hours before and after matches.

Auckland Regional Transport Authority chairman Rabin Rabindran said getting people out of their cars and on to public transport was the best way to move large crowds and keep traffic flowing smoothly. Tournament services general manager Nigel Cass said the offer of free public transport would "really impress our overseas visitors". Organisers said free public transport had played a critical part in the success of other major events worldwide.
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Old May 19th, 2010, 05:17 AM   #62
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Oky Im going to sound bitter but I cant believe those stadia are hosting a RWC final and Semifinals. They are kinda pathetic . New Zealand could have provided atleast one spectacular stadium to host the final? There must be need for that in the country? Isnt rugby by far your number one sport? Something like Cape Town stadium but around 60 000 seater?
New Zealand Population = 4.2million
Sydney Population = 4.2million.

Given that the whole country is only the size of essentially one major city, I think the number and quality of venues on show for this event is quite high.

The new indoor venue in Dunedin qualifies as their version of Cape Town's Green Point Stadium.

While not new venues, I think the upgrades to Eden Park and Christchurch are impressive. Stadium NZ would have been fantastic though I doubt would sell out on any regular occasion.
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Old May 19th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #63
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I think that it is easy to forget that our cities have very small populations when you consider their urban area and skylines .... to put it into perspective:

Port Elizabeth (South Africa) has the same population as Auckland:



Rustenburg (South Africa) is BIGGER in population than both Wellington and Christchurch ... hard to believe I know:

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Rugby is part and parcel of this country's genetic makeup, enjoy

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Old June 1st, 2010, 01:41 PM   #65
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 02:03 AM   #66
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That's fab, looks more sophisticated than it is today
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[INTEGRATED TICKETING] IN TIME FOR THE RWC 2011

Aucklanders are promised an electronic ticket for buses, trains and ferries in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, under an $87 million contract signed yesterday. After years of waiting, passengers can expect a ticket evolved from the successful Octopus system, which handles about 11 million trips every day around Hong Kong - where it was introduced in 1997 as the world's first "contact-less" transport smart card. Octopus, a consortium of Hong Kong transport operators, has been subcontracted by French electronics giant Thales to supply a central clearing house for an Auckland smart card and ultimately tickets to be developed in other cities by the national Transport Agency. A deal signed yesterday between Thales and the Auckland Regional Transport Authority after two years of negotiations is for $47 million of capital work and for $4 million of operating costs for each of the first 10 years of the proposed new system. Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee said the contract round had not been easy, but integrated ticking was "the fundamental piece of the jigsaw puzzle that will put Auckland's public transport system together". Mr Rabindran said there would be no need for passengers to carry cash or wallets or purses full of different tickets for different operators, and there was potential for fare discounts compared with cash purchases. Boarding times would be faster with a "tag on-tag off" system. Passengers may come to regard it as a "beep on-beep off" system, according to a sound recognised by millions of Hong Kong residents and their visitors as they start and complete their trips. Buses will be equipped with "contact-less" sensors, but railway stations and ferry terminals will have consoles for passengers to wave their cards past. Octopus International Projects representative Brian Chambers said his company would ensure its New Zealand clearing house was on the international technological forefront.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 04:01 AM   #68
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[TRAMS] TO REAPPEAR ON AUCKLAND STREETS FOR RWC 2011



Trams are being prepared for a comeback on Auckland's waterfront, in time for next year's Rugby World Cup. More than 50 years since trams disappeared from city streets, the Auckland Regional Council has approved the first stage of a proposal which could ultimately be part of the region's wider public transport network. The initial stage will focus on the Tank Farm redevelopment by ARC group subsidiary Sea+City, which will receive $6.3 million to $7.4 million from Auckland Regional Holdings to develop a 1.5km tram circuit by July next year. Future developments, such as an extension to Britomart across a future Viaduct Harbour bridge, will be left to the new Super City council. Sea+City expects to initially use two heritage trams from the Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat), although the regional council is also discussing with Victorian state government officials a possible long-term loan of some Melbourne trams as the service grows. It wants Sea+City to work with Motat on the technical aspects of tramway construction and management, in view of the museum's expertise in running its own 1.9km tram circuit at Western Springs which attracts about 200,000 passengers a year. The waterfront trams - travelling clockwise between Jellicoe, Halsey, Gaunt and Beaumont Sts - are likely to be converted to battery-powered drives to avoid a need for overhead powerlines which could hamper trucks carrying boats with masts. A regional council report also pointed to potential opposition to overhead lines from the bulk liquid fuels industry, which will remain at Wynyard Wharf for a few more years and which could be concerned at the possibility of electrical arcing in the event of traffic accidents. Sea+City chief executive John Dalzell said the trams would be charged overnight at sidings at the western end of Jellicoe St, although they would gain some recharging during daily operations through harnessing some of their own momentum. Mr Dalzell said Jellicoe St was already being dug up to make it a pedestrian-oriented boulevard, so tram tracks would be laid as part of that project. He acknowledged the timetable would be tight for introducing the trams by next winter, but said Sea+City was geared up for action as it had already begun $275 million of re-development for Wynyard Quarter. Regional council chairman Mike Lee said the sidings would be in buildings next to the proposed Silo Park, which was being designed to attract people to the far end of Jellicoe St. He called the removal of trams from the streets in 1956 a "terrible mistake" which he hoped could be rectified and said he was pleased by Sea+City's enthusiasm for the project. The focus would be on carrying visitors around Wynyard Quarter in heritage trams but he expected that as the area became more developed with businesses and apartments, demand would grow for modern light rail vehicles to cater for commuters.
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The sale of Rugby World Cup tickets soar
NZ HERALD
9:00 AM Thursday Jun 3, 2010

Rugby World Cup organisers are stunned by the interest in attending pool matches at Eden Park after announcing that more than 600,000 tickets have been applied for in the first phase of sales. There were more than 165,000 applications from both New Zealand and overseas for ticket packs, something Rugby New Zealand 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden described as a "terrific response" in tight financial times. After applications closed on May 21, 125,000 applications were tallied for team and venue packs, while a further 40,000 were received for quarterfinal weekend packs in Wellington and Christchurch and the third-fourth playoff in Auckland. "It's a terrific response," Snedden told NZPA, believing the result bode well for future ticketing phases and for the success of the tournament itself.

"We didn't really know quite what to expect. New Zealand hasn't done anything like this before so we weren't certain where we'd be at this stage but I'm really happy with where we are, albeit that it's still an application phase." Overseas interest was strong, with the strongest interest in ticket packs involving New Zealand, England, Ireland, Australia and Scotland. Certain packs received heavy over-subscription, most notably for the five pool matches at Eden Park, which will have a 60,000 capacity for the tournament. Exact figures aren't available but a "randomisation" process will be used to determine who is successful in securing that pack, along with others which were over-subscribed.

Adding to the complexity of the processing task is that popular team pack applications, such as to see all the All Blacks' pool matches, also overlap with Eden Park, where the tournament hosts will play twice. "The issue we've got, and it's a nice issue to have is that the number of applications we received which involved Eden Park matches is massively more than the seats we had available," Snedden said. "It's good but it's going to cause some disappointment in some places. We just have to try and manage that as best we can. "The good thing is that the ground is going to be full for the matches. There's nothing like being in the middle of a full stadium to create the sort of experience that people want."

Snedden regretted that demand couldn't be met for everyone and expected the figure of 600,000 tickets applied for to drop by 15 to 20 per cent once over-subscription is catered for. He anticipated there would be an opportunity for unsuccessful applicants to apply for "second chance pack offers". Applicants are expected to find out by writing whether they are successful by early July. Snedden said applications to smaller venues and less popular teams had been "solid" in comparison to the interest at Eden Park but that came as no surprise. "It's not spectacular but it's a good platform for us in that we've still got 15 months to go before the tournament starts," he said. "We didn't expect it to be overwhelming.

"The take-up of the quarterfinal packages has been really good. A little bit stronger in Christchurch than we expected, perhaps because that's where the All Blacks are likely to be." The second phase of the ticketing process involves the sale of individual match tickets excluding semifinals and the final, likely to begin in September. The third phase - a ballot for tickets to the semifinals and the final - will take place early next year. There are approximately 1.65 million tickets to be sold for the tournament.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 12:46 PM   #70
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I think that it is easy to forget that our cities have very small populations when you consider their urban area and skylines .... to put it into perspective:

Port Elizabeth (South Africa) has the same population as Auckland:



Rustenburg (South Africa) is BIGGER in population than both Wellington and Christchurch ... hard to believe I know:

Yeah and whats the per capita disposable income difference ? Auckland probably has the same amount of "rich" rugby lovers as Cape Town . I just think the WC is missing a wow stadium that is a real showcase for the final allthough NZ do create amazing atmosphere already at rugby games
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New Zealand Population = 4.2million
Sydney Population = 4.2million.
Tell that to the Qataris!
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Old June 4th, 2010, 12:05 AM   #72
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I just think the WC is missing a wow stadium that is a real showcase for the final
We are so over it, we couldn't give a toss at least our city is getting a huge makeover that's what really matters


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Tell that to the Qataris!
We have nothing to prove, the Kiwi's don't think for today, they think for the next decade You will have better luck extracting money from Scrooge than these tight asses (they are probably right considering the global economic crises).

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We have nothing to prove, the Kiwi's don't think for today, they think for the next decade You will have better luck extracting money from Scrooge than these tight asses (they are probably right considering the global economic crises).

Thanks for the comments boys.
I was specifically referring to the population figures and how unimportant it is to the Qataris that a country with a third of the population of Sydney wants to host the entire world cup.
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I was specifically referring to the population figures and how unimportant it is to the Qataris that a country with a third of the population of Sydney wants to host the entire world cup.
Wow, I had no idea, that is aiming high - good luck to them. NZ will not even dream it
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Environmental edge to Auckland's RWC 2011 preparations
4 June 2010

With the Eden Park redevelopment leading the way, Auckland's Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) preparations are taking on a decidedly green edge. Environmental sustainability is at the heart of the famous stadium's extreme makeover for RWC 2011 and is a focal point of Auckland's wider Tournament preparations. Regional RWC 2011 spokesperson Michael Barnett says Eden Park and Auckland will be the hub of the Tournament and so it is only fitting that they should lead the way on environmental initiatives.

"Making RWC 2011 as environmentally friendly as possible fits with New Zealand's 100% pure image and with Auckland's brand values," Barnett says. "Overseas visitors in particular will expect to see evidence of environmental responsibility during the Tournament and Auckland is committed to delivering in this area." Auckland's RWC 2011 Regional Steering Group has adopted an Environmental Sustainability Framework for Auckland. The framework puts the spotlight on four areas: waste minimisation, sustainable procurement, sustainable transport and energy efficiency.

Barnett says the framework is not just about words and woolly objectives, there are tangible things happening on the ground as Auckland readies itself for the Tournament. Among the early initiatives are trials of composting and recycling programmes at Mt Smart Stadium (a RWC 2011 training venue) and North Harbour Stadium (one of Auckland's two RWC 2011 match venues). The trials are aimed at reducing waste going to landfill from match venues during the Tournament. North Harbour and Mt Smart's energy use has also been in the spotlight with audits completed at both venues and action plans for energy efficiency during the Tournament under development.

Barnett says transport is a key element if Auckland is going to be a successful RWC 2011 host city and the emphasis on public transport for fans travelling to and from matches will help minimise the Tournament's environmental footprint in Auckland. "We are making sure public transport is the most hassle free way for fans to get to and from matches. That has the double benefit of being more environmentally friendly than using private cars," he says. Meanwhile those businesses hoping for a RWC 2011 windfall will need to show their environmental credentials when they tender for RWC 2011 related business. All RWC 2011 related tenders in the region include a section on sustainability. All organisations looking to procure goods and services relating to RWC 2011 have been supplied with a simple sustainable procurement toolkit, which they are applying to all tender processes. Barnett says Auckland is committed to seeing these and other initiatives through, to ensure that the region takes a lead in making RWC 2011 the greenest Rugby World Cup yet.

Eden Park Case Study

A number of Auckland's environmental sustainability goals are epitomised in the Eden Park redevelopment, which will see the stadium looking decidedly greener when RWC 2011 kicks off there on September 9 2011. Eden Park's environmentally responsible approach swung into action with the arrival of the cranes and wrecking balls last year. More than 70 per cent of demolition materials from the old stands have been recycled and reused. The 2010 Rowing World Championships at Lake Karapiro will see the reuse of 10,000 former Eden Park seats. Other sporting codes have also received a windfall from the redevelopment, which saw 600 seats go to Counties Manukau hockey, 2489 seats and old lights to Franklin District Council and 248 seats to West Auckland Soccer. But it's the green touches to the new Eden Park that have the potential to reduce the stadium's environmental footprint for many years to come while providing fans with state-of-the-art facilities. Potable water use will be reduced by 50 per cent, thanks to a system that will harvest rainwater from the stadium's expansive rooftops. The translucent veil enclosing the south stand will reduce energy use, allowing daylight into the various levels of the building and reducing the need for artificial lighting. Add to that improved access to nearby public transport services, a public transport hub at the stadium itself, more environmentally friendly lighting and the use of acoustic barriers to minimise noise spill, and the direction of the redevelopment is clear.
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Wealthy move in on Cup
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4:00 AM Sunday Jun 6, 2010

Private jets and luxury accommodation are being snapped up as international high rollers make arrangements for next year's Rugby World Cup. With Prince William and Prince Harry among the VIPs to watch the 2011 tournament, the Cup is expected to attract celebrities, heads of state, and wealthy rugby fans. Private and charter airline Air National said extra aircraft might be needed to cope with demand from teams, fans and corporate groups. Charter sales manager Paul Aston said many were staying outside the main centres and flying to and from match venues on game-day.

"With prices and accommodation being at a premium they're realising they can base themselves in, say, Hamilton and go to the games from there." He'd also given quotes for visitors to fly in from Sydney, while a group of "higher end clients" were flying to two matches from Fiji. Prices depended on the type of aircraft, but a group of four could spend $15,000 for a return flight from Auckland to Wellington. The company flies nine aircraft, and Aston said demand so far indicated there was likely to be a shortage.

While Auckland Airport was well set-up for corporate jets, Aston said some smaller provincial airports could struggle for parking space. Pacific Jets' Matthew Walkington said there had been strong interest from tour operators and wealthy individuals. The company operates three jets and expected to be fully booked. "They want to, for example, base themselves in Christchurch and fly to Wellington for a quarter-final and Auckland for a semi-final and then back after the game," he said.

Most provincial airports spoken to said they would cope with the extra flights, but Stan Hansen, airports manager for Kaikohe, Kerikeri and Kaitaia, said tarmac space "could be an issue". Luxury hotels and resorts were also receiving strong interest from wealthy rugby fans. Erin Sullivan, from the Boutique Hotels and Lodges group, said her hotels in Auckland and Christchurch had been booked for four months. Martin Brown from accommodation directory Luxury Escapes said many Auckland hotels were fully booked, and there was unlikely to be enough rooms to meet demand.

"But what is interesting is the luxury end of the market don't seem to have increased their prices, which is good," he said. Auckland mayor John Banks said he wasn't disappointed some super-rich were staying offshore. "These are high net-worth people and individuals of huge influence so if they want to stay at the Hyatt in The Rocks and come into Wellington or Auckland each day, I'm relaxed about it." He said "quite a number" of wealthy individuals were planning to visit, but "for security reasons they don't want the mayor of the host city telling the world".
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INDUSTRIAL "WASTELAND" WILL RECEIVE A MAJOR FACELIFT FOR [RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011]




Work has started on Auckland's Tank Farm aka Sea+City which will transform an industrial heartland into a world class working waterfront precinct. The first phase will be ready for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and provide Aucklander's with a new experience which encapsulates the maritime history of the city.
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