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2011 is now upon us and with it
the countdown to this year’s Rugby
World Cup begins.
The first matches of the cup will
be played on September 9, with
the final at Auckland’s Eden Park
on October 23.
The cup will have huge economic
benefits for our country – not only
financially, but also in terms of the
spin-offs it will have for tourism.
Te Anau is set to enjoy the
benefits, with rugby supporters
who come south also likely to want
to visit Milford and Te Anau while
they’re here. On top of that the
international publicity that this
country, and places like Fiordland
will get thanks to the massive
media attention, will be priceless.
That’s why the Government has
got behind the cup and supported
it so strongly.
We are a rugby nation and this
is our chance to shine. The
Government has paid fees for
hosting rights and has also funded
state owned broadcasters to
secure television rights to the tune
of over $3 million. On top of this,
central and local Government have
also chipped in millions to upgrade
stadiums around the country.
The Rugby World Cup is expected
to pump more than $500 million
into the New Zealand economy,
attracting thousands of visitors
and leaving a valuable legacy of
infrastructure in all the host cities.
We are in great shape to put on
a tournament that New Zealand
will be proud of and I think the
rugby union’s done a good job
is ensuring that every kiwi, in
every part of the country, gets the
chance to enjoy some Rugby World
Cup action in their local area.
Grassroots New Zealand will
also be able to soak up the
atmosphere when the 20
participating rugby teams are
hosted by towns up and down the
country. This means 23 centres
around the country will host at
least one team, with Queenstown
and Invercargill flying the flag in
The Rugby World Cup 2011 is
an unprecedented opportunity
to raise our international profile,
boost our economy and make
lasting gains in trade and tourism.
It will have benefits that will be felt
in places like Fiordland for a long
time to come.
Clearly an All Black win is one
of the primary objectives – but
whatever the end result, the
economic benefits to New Zealand
of this magnificent sporting event
will be felt long after the final
match has been played.
Spin-offs expected from cup
front row seat
Peter Jackson’s return visit
to Fiordland will bring back
memories to many locals.
If anyone has any interesting
stories to tell about the Lord of
the Rings filming 10 years back
I would like to note them for
posterity. I also think the SDC
could make some good PR for PJ if
they at least considered officially
linking the Balloon Loop road
to the Rainbow Reach road and
signposting it the Anduin River
road. The world media is buzzing
right now and that kind of gesture
would go down well.
And it would be rude not to.
photo of a
a break in
the sun at
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