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Old December 17th, 2010, 08:17 PM   #161
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Very true Mo Rush.

And I have no issues with Japan or England hosting in the future. In fact I think Japan would be a great choice - an emerging Rugby nation with plenty to offer.

You have to hand it to NZ though - a Rugby loving nation and a true powerhouse should ensure a magnificent WC.

To me (a rugby fan who has lived in australia, london, cape town and auckland) Rugby is still a pure, innocent and brilliant game and I am grateful it hasnt gone the way of fifa criminals and awarded its showpeice to corrupt scum who dont deserve sh"t.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 08:52 PM   #162
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I wouldn't rule out a Qatar Rugby World Cup.

Money talks with the IRB too.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 10:37 PM   #163
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That said NZ like Australia has always punched above its weight, and would definitely be in line for Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics and other events if local politicians were willing to take the risk.

For some reason, the conservative views are of the belief that NZ is not big enough or wealthy enough to take on the risks of other events, but I think that's hogwash.
NZ has hosted the Commonwealth games before. I am going to contradict your statement regarding the conservative views that NZ isn't big enough etc. I think that many people in the sporting fraternity believe that NZ can host huge events but do Kiwi's actually want to ? The answer is no. Kiwi's watch Government spending like hawks and contrary to popular belief Kiwi's are not sports mad at all (except for rugby of course) - it is the Aussies who are obsessed with sport.

A good example is the latest Commonwealth Games, the interest was practically zero (even though NZ received more medals than in the previous games), another example is the Olympics - absolutely no fuss was made at all. The Soccer World Cup was a slightly different story but that was only because the All Whites qualified - even that was subdued

Kiwi's are mostly interested in education, parks, more parks and even more parks - did I mention parks . They hate watching money being spent - full stop. The majority of the population were ecstatic when the Auckland city council announced that they won't bid for the next Commonwealth games, they just can't be bothered.

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Old December 18th, 2010, 12:01 AM   #164
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"They" being the current fuddy duddy's or the future generation for which the city should be designed for?

Perhaps not fully addressing your point but Green Point residents, in most cases a vocal minority, are extremely concerned about noise, minstrels etc. BUT the future generation sees Green Point as an entertainment hub, noisy, rough, interesting, and alive 24/7

You therefore cannot design a city, based on current thinking. Newlands for all its worth has an expiry date, and with all the issues around Cape Town Stadium, a move to it is inevitable, whether or not the egos are put aside in 1,3 or 5 or 10 years.

The new Auckland Convention Centre will cost lots of money, but I highly doubt they're going to plonk it near Eden Park stadium.

I also don't think interest can be measured based an event outside the Country. The WC outside of NZ is very different to a WC in NZ.
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"They" being the current fuddy duddy's or the future generation for which the city should be designed for?

Perhaps not fully addressing your point but Green Point residents, in most cases a vocal minority, are extremely concerned about noise, minstrels etc. BUT the future generation sees Green Point as an entertainment hub, noisy, rough, interesting, and alive 24/7

You therefore cannot design a city, based on current thinking. Newlands for all its worth has an expiry date, and with all the issues around Cape Town Stadium, a move to it is inevitable, whether or not the egos are put aside in 1,3 or 5 or 10 years.

The new Auckland Convention Centre will cost lots of money, but I highly doubt they're going to plonk it near Eden Park stadium.

I also don't think interest can be measured based an event outside the Country. The WC outside of NZ is very different to a WC in NZ.
Let's just say that the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree, NZ compared to South Africa is a very conservative nation and unfortunately there is a tendency for the media and politicians to focus on the narrow minded minority who usually get their way.

The site for the Auckland Convention Centre hasn't been decided yet but wait until that decision has been made and then you will see the fireworks erupt I have lived here for almost 6 years now and I hope that you are correct when you say that the interest will be quite different come the RWC 2011.

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Old December 22nd, 2010, 04:32 AM   #166
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Much of Christchurch's Airport is still under wraps as construction workers work feverishly to provide the city with a new airport. Little by little we are getting glimpses of what to expect.

Australasia’s largest video wall completes Airport’s Sensory Arrivals Experience




Christchurch Airport’s new multi-media international arrivals experience opens tomorrow, showcasing the South Island as it has never been seen before. Passengers arriving on international flights will, as of this week, be treated to an explosion of sensory experiences as they travel through the terminal from their air bridge to collect their luggage. Christchurch International Airport Ltd has undertaken a major design overhaul in the international airside environment in order to ensure travellers’ first experience of the South Island is particularly memorable, and that it encapsulates the South Island’s main point of difference, the astounding outdoors landscape.

The long air bridge corridors have been completely revamped to provide individual South Island immersive experiences within these contained spaces. The walls have been covered floor to ceiling in special commissioned photography, says Chief Executive Jim Boult. “We wanted to virtually drop passengers into the centre of some of the South Island’s most beautiful landscapes”, he says. A sensory experience of each landscape completes the passenger journey, with a soundtrack playing sounds from the environment, as well as smells evocative of each region. In the immigration queuing area, the largest video wall in Australasia entertains passengers with beautifully shot footage of the South Island’s natural environment. 54 seamlessly linked screens play looping clips to create a hypnotic and calming effect.

Illustrative wall graphics based on the magnificent braided rivers of Canterbury guide passengers through the airport, creating a sense of flow between the various areas of the airport. At the base of the arrivals ramp, a flow of pure artesian water offers a place for passengers to regroup and refresh before entering Duty Free and customs. For many overseas visitors, this will be a truly unique element, delivering on the Tourism New Zealand brand promise, 100% Pure. Photographic imagery once again takes centre stage at the baggage claim area, with seasonal images of agricultural landscapes supporting our vital border protection agencies. “By utilising design in a fully immersive manner, Christchurch Airport’s new international arrivals experience touches all the senses, and is set to welcome visitors to an awe-inspiring, world-class airport environment that truly reflects the landscape outside,” says Mr Boult.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 11:19 AM   #167
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A good example is the latest Commonwealth Games, the interest was practically zero (even though NZ received more medals than in the previous games), another example is the Olympics - absolutely no fuss was made at all. The Soccer World Cup was a slightly different story but that was only because the All Whites qualified - even that was subdued

Kiwi's are mostly interested in education, parks, more parks and even more parks - did I mention parks . They hate watching money being spent - full stop. The majority of the population were ecstatic when the Auckland city council announced that they won't bid for the next Commonwealth games, they just can't be bothered.
If you had lived in NZ during the 1990 Commonwealth Games then you would have a very different point of view, the city really got behind it in a big way, Auckland also got behind the 2 Americas Cups we held here, which you weren't here for either, so to say that we don't get behind sports is a load of crap.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 10:36 AM   #168
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Rob, you have turned over a new leaf and you are now standing up for us You are right, all reports state that the local sports events were well attended and full of festivities. Unlike you I was here during the 2010 commonwealth games etc. And there really wasn't much fanfare but you are correct, the 2011 RWC is going to take off I can't wait. Thanks for your input mate and enjoy your New Year's eve festivities
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Old December 25th, 2010, 06:58 AM   #169
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Sydney you're not one of us, just like I'm never going to be a Norwegian.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #170
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Aaaaaah thanks Rob, you are so sweet you are entitled to your opinion even though it is an insignificant one. Enjoy your NYE celebrations and may 2011 bring you lots of happiness and good will.

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Old December 26th, 2010, 10:46 PM   #171
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Just being realistic Sydney, no offence indended, have a great NYE.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 08:32 AM   #172
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Just being realistic Sydney, no offence indended, have a great NYE.
No offence taken Rob, thanks mate
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Old December 28th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #173
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$210k bet placed on ABs to win World Cup
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A confident punter has wagered nearly a quarter of a million dollars on the All Blacks taking out the Rugby World Cup next year. The New Zealand team may have a history of choking when it counts in the tournament, but the cashed-up mystery gambler is clearly unfazed. The £100,000 ($210,000) bet was placed with British betting agency Ladbrokes, causing the company to trim its odds to 4/5. That means that someone who bets on the All Blacks to win, at these odds, won't even double their money if they confound history and come through victorious. With New Zealand ranked as favourite, Ladbrokes has picked Australia as the next best bet, returning odds of 3/1.

South Africa is rated 6/1. Georgia, Japan, Namibia and Russia share the longest odds, all on 5000/1. In 2007, during the last World Cup, one unlucky punter placed a A$5 million ($5.9 million) bet on New Zealand to win with the Australian company Betfair. At the time, Betfair spokesman Hugh Taggart called it "an enormous bet". "It's certainly one of the biggest individual bets we've seen on Betfair and one that would normally have bookies running for cover," he added. As it turned out, the bookies were left laughing all the way to the bank. The All Blacks, favourites then as well, crashed out ingloriously in the quarter-finals, victims of the French.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 08:53 PM   #174
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'Red' teams can rely on plenty of supporters in the Far North

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Cruising the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand by Destination Northland, on Flickr

Northland has a catchcry for the Rugby World Cup: "Paint it Red". The region will be hosting three teams during the tournament and all of them play in red. Canada will arrive late on September 4 to a welcome at Kerikeri Airport and be given a proper powhiri the next morning. They will stay in the Bay of Islands for seven days to prepare for their first match, against Tonga on September 14. The Tongan team, meanwhile, will have arrived in the Bay of Islands to recover from playing the opening match of the World Cup against the All Blacks at Eden Park. In the Far North, the team will find a Polynesian festival under way and plenty of support from the many Tongans in the horticultural regions of Kerikeri and Dargaville. By the time Tonga and Canada come to play in Whangarei, Canada too should have found a keen Northland connection.

Many of the Scots who migrated to New Zealand in the 19th century went first to Nova Scotia, and their descendants at Waipu retain links with those whose ancestors stayed in Canada. Destination Northland officials have been in Canada promoting tour packages around the World Cup. Northland Rugby Union is planning a golden oldies tournament to coincide with the main event, and Kawakawa is considering a sevens tournament. Two days after the Canadian team leave Northland, the region's third "red" team arrive. The Japanese, with an expected 3000 to 5000 travelling supporters, will join Tonga in the Bay of Islands for a few days before both teams play in Whangarei on September 21.

Afterwards, Tonga return to the Bay for a few days before flying to Wellington for their final pool match against France. The Northland regional co-ordinator for the cup, Stewart McElwain, does not yet know how much time the three teams will have for engagements with schools, clubs and community events. All three teams are coached by former All Blacks. Canada has Kieran Crowley, Tonga Isitolo Maka and Japan John Kirwan. They are playing in the same pool as New Zealand and France. At least when they meet the team in blue, they should have many watching from Northland and cheering for red.
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anyone with some rugger knowlage here know why the insanity of a roofed rugby stadium in Dunedin is warrented? I mean come on the house of pain to the house of plain. Nothing beats watching AB's playing on a wet Carisbrook, its a real rugby venue and will be much missed.
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Old January 10th, 2011, 08:09 AM   #179
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anyone with some rugger knowlage here know why the insanity of a roofed rugby stadium in Dunedin is warrented? I mean come on the house of pain to the house of plain. Nothing beats watching AB's playing on a wet Carisbrook, its a real rugby venue and will be much missed.
NZRU had Dunedin over a barrell - Carisbrook required a major overhaul to retain international fixtures and Super XV hosting rights. The cost of upgrading Carisbrook to the necessary standard would have required the Dunedin City Council to spend almost as much as its contribution to the new stadium. After much handwringing the decision was made to locate the new stadium in the north end of the city adjoining Otago University's campus. The university's student gymnasium complex will back on to the West Stand enclave of Forsyth Barr Stadium along with other student facilities. The back of the North Stand will contain a high performance centre for the NZ Academy of Sport (South); sports analysis facilities are also proposed for the venue. These elements would't have occurred without university input and the nearby sports hub of Logan Park (where athletics, cricket, hockey and tennis are based).

Although Carisbrook will be missed by many (myself included) the decision to build the new stadium opened the door to funding from the University, Otago Regional Council, NZ government, private trusts in addition to sponsorships and sales of seating packages - some of those sources would not have been available for a Carisbrook upgrade.

The need for a roof is questionable as contrary to popular opinion Dunedin has one of the dryer climates of NZ's urban centres. The roof however does guarantee a dry house for concerts and other events should they be staged; the first such concert is Elton John this coming November.
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