RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 As you all know New Zealand is the host of Rugby World Cup 2011, with matches around the country from 9 September to 23 October 2011. Wellington has been confirmed as a venue for eight matches, including two quarter-finals matches and six pool matches from 11 September to 9 October. Even if you’re not a rugby fan, this will be an exciting time to be in Wellington!
Rugby World Cup History The inaugural Rugby World Cup was held in New Zealand in 1987 and every four years since. It has become one the world's most popular sporting events.
Champions by Year 2007 - South Africa 2003 - England 1999 - Australia 1995 - South Africa 1991 - Australia 1987 - New Zealand
Matches at Wellington Regional Stadium (for tickets, go to http://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com/)
2011 Match Schedule 8.30pm, Sunday 11 September
South Africa vs Wales
6.00pm, Saturday 17 September
South Africa vs Fiji
8.30pm, Friday 23 September
Australia vs USA
8.30pm, Sunday 25 September
Argentina vs Scotland
6.00pm, Saturday 1 October
France vs Tonga
3.30pm, Sunday 2 October
New Zealand vs Canada
6.00pm, Saturday 8 October
QF1: W Pool C vs RU Pool D
6.00pm, Sunday 9 October
QF3: W Pool D vs RU Pool C
How you can get involved Whether you're going to the matches or not, there are lots of ways you can get involved in the largest event of its kind in New Zealand's history. → Adopt a second team: This is an easy and fun way to get behind RWC 2011, welcome teams to New Zealand and support them while they’re here. There are many ways communities can show their support for their ‘Second Team’ including learning phrases in that country’s language, dressing up in the adopted team’s colours and decorating businesses and schools. More info: http://www.nz2011.govt.nz/get-involved/adopt-asecond-team or visit http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/teams/index.html to find out about the RWC 2011 visiting teams. → Decorate your home, school or workplace: You could start with hanging flags in your home or school (flag bunting) and keep an eye out for local initiatives to dress up our city. For more information on how to decorate your house with flags, check out the Country Flag Bunting website: http://www.wellingtonnz2011.com/local-businesses/bunting-flags.
→ Check out a Wellington Festival of Carnivale event. The streets and venues of Wellington will be alive with a rich array of arts and entertainment during Rugby World Cup 2011 thanks to the Festival of Carnivale. Immerse yourself in the month-long festival running from Friday 9 September to Sunday 9 October. It will include more than 200 events, with many of them free: http://www.wellingtonnz2011.com/festival-events → Celebrate with the REAL New Zealand Festival: This will be the biggest-ever celebration of this country and the first time a Rugby World Cup host nation has staged a nationwide festival alongside the tournament. The REAL NZ Festival will offer more than 1,000 events all over the country which showcase NZ’s arts, food and wine, cultures, heritage, entertainment, industries & business, experiences and lifestyle. See http://www.realnzfestival.com for the full festival programme.
Rugby World Cup 2011 events in and around Wellington Here is a selection of (mostly free!) events on offer in Wellington during RWC 2011. From food, photography and Maori art to dance, racing and sailing – there is something to cater to everyone’s taste. Enjoy!
* 18 Aug - 27 Sep: The Migrating Kitchen
The Migrating Kitchen is a multicultural celebration of rugby-playing nations with communities living in the Wellington region: Japan, Iran, Wales, South Africa, Tonga and Argentina. Not only does it offer a chance for migrants to take pride in where they came from, but the exhibition is also a good excuse to find out about our neighbours, their history, festivals, food - and of course rugby! Colourful text boards on kitchen cupboards give information about the country of origin. On Saturday afternoons (2 to 3:30pm), The Migrating Kitchen will feature music and dance, and there will be a hunger-inducing aroma of food being cooked by chefs from each community. Every weekend a film from each country will screen as well. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.migratingkitchen.org/or follow them on Facebook.
Location: Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua. Free Entry * 29 Aug - 23 Oc: The Story of Ka Mate, the World’s Best Known Haka
The Story of Ka Mate, the world’s best known haka, is an interactive exhibition at Wellington's Te Papa where you'll learn about the haka - what it means, where it comes from, its association with sports, and importantly - how to do it. Whether you're from New Zealand or overseas, you'll find The Story of Ka Mate, the world’s best known haka engaging, inspirational, emotional and educational. It will also add to your enjoyment of the next All Blacks game you watch and because of the power of Ka Mate, if you’re not already an ABs supporter, it just might have you switching your allegiance!
Location: Te Papa. Free entry 3
* 1 Sep – 1 Nov: The Black Boot Legends Gallery
The Black Boot Legends Gallery is a collection of rugby legends who have paved New Zealand's international rugby reputation. This free exhibition, located outdoors on Wellington's waterfront area, provides an opportunity for international visitors and Kiwis alike to admire the grassroots culture of Kiwi rugby through a selection of images chosen from renowned New Zealand rugby photographers. Many of these iconic images will be on public display for the first time.
Location: Wellington waterfront * 3 Sep - 21 Oct: Laying Down the Challenge
Laying Down the Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the haka, which has become a worldwide symbol of indigenous pride and power, and to see it performed by the dynamic Whitireia Kapa Haka (Māori performing arts) Group. There’s also a unique opportunity to learn about and perform the iconic haka, Ka Mate composed by famous Ngati Toa Rangatira Chief, Te Rauparaha, in an interactive Ka Mate exhibition created by Ngati Toa Rangatira. As well, you can attend a series of talks and demonstrations by various iwi (tribal) experts who share their unique, local haka style. This programme is complemented by demonstrations and workshops that explore traditional Māori artforms, including taonga puoro (musical instruments), weaponry, mahi raranga (weaving), and poi (performance art).
Location: Te Papa. Free entry
* 3 Sep - 6 Nov: Hard on the Heels - Capturing the All Blacks
New Zealand's leading rugby photographer, Peter Bush, describes capturing an All Black game as "a total workout". His powerful photographs are hard-won: the result of chasing the game up and down the field, while others set up their cameras and wait for the game to come to them. Featuring over 100 images of great All Black moments, games and players over a 60-year period, the Hard on the Heels exhibition at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea is drawn from Bush's vast library of photographs. It features personal favourites, the controversial and contentious, alongside humorous, candid behind-the-scenes shots. Location: Museum of Wellington City and Sea. Free entry
* 7-9 Sep: Artsplash Drama and Dance
Artsplash Drama gives young people the opportunity to perform in one of Wellingtonâ€™s grand old theatres with all the trappings of a real theatre production including sound, lighting and brightly lit dressing rooms. This arts festival brings primary and intermediate schools throughout the region together to celebrate dance, music, drama, visual art and wearable art. They perform for their parents, whanau, friends and the public. Come and see them celebrate the many different cultures who will be visiting our city during this time!
Location: Wellington Opera House. Tickets: $5, available from participating schools or by phoning Mary Prichard on 027 448 4671.
* 12-13 Sep: Black Grace dance
During Rugby World Cup 2011, NZ dance company Black Grace presents a two-night cycle of their much celebrated repertoire to Wellington audiences. This is your opportunity to see why Black Grace has become internationally renowned for its artistry, creative excellence and innovation, while also becoming the leading exponent of Pacific contemporary dance. The programme will include the popular works New Religion and Verses. New Religion is a humorous look at NZ’s obsession with our national sport - rugby and the people who play it, watch it and live for it. Created in 2001, The Dominion Post said of New Religion at the time: “A hilarious debunking of the sacred rites of the national sport, danced to the glorious great choral works of Mozart.” Verses (2010) is an eclectic series of short works inspired by words, lyrics, lines and verse, choreographed to some of Neil Ieremia’s favourite music, ranging from Johnny Cash and David Bowie to Radiohead. “Black Grace is the most positive, living expression of any New Zealand art…” - Sunday Star Times
Location: Wellington Opera House. Tickets: $25, available from Ticketek. * 9–11 Sep: The New Zealand Jewellery Show
The New Zealand Jewellery Show brings leading contemporary and fine jewellery designers from throughout the country to Wellington to showcase and sell their finest work. There will be something for everyone, from classic pieces to dramatic contemporary statements and objets d’art. All jewellery on display is designed and made by New Zealanders, with a price range to suit everybody's pocket. Visitors will have the opportunity to personally meet the designers and discuss the ideas behind their designs.
Location: Michael Fowler Centre. Tickets: $12 (door sales). 6
* 9 Sep – 23 Oct: New Zealand On Screen
New Zealand On Screen is an unparalleled showcase of Aotearoa identity as seen on screen. Visit this eye-catching installation on the Wellington waterfront for a stirring affirmation of what it means to be from 'here'. The free installation will appeal to all ages and is composed of three zones: • An identity gateway which provides an introduction to the rich diversity of our national screen culture. • A state-of-the-art interactive feature wall created by local company Lumen Digital LINK www.lumendigital.co.nz. Using the latest in interactive technology here visitors will be able use their bodies to interact with titles and images in depth. • A 'retro lounge' where visitors can watch a selection of the best New Zealand short films from the past 30 years. Location: Wellington Waterfront
* Saturday 10 Sep: Rugby, Haka, Hangi Festival – Carterton
Join in the fun of the Rugby, Haka, Hāngī Festival (9am-10pm) at the Carterton Rugby Club in the Wairarapa as the locals treat visitors to a friendly game of rugby, lessons on how to do the haka and some traditional Māori food. The whole town is expected to come along to this friendly get together and you’ll experience first-hand the best of local entertainment, food, and country hospitality. This will be a wonderful chance to meet and interact with local rugby fans and to learn about the real people at the grassroots of rugby in New Zealand.
Location: Carterton Rugby Club, Belvedere Road, Carterton (take the Wairarapa train line). Free entry
* Saturday 10 Sep: Petone Carnival
The Petone foreshore, between the historic wharf and Settlers Museum, will be humming with activity - from carnival rides, bouncy castles and pony rides, to ice and fire sculptures, bands, stalls, delicious food and street entertainment. Petone Carnival kicks off at 2pm and ends with a spectacular bang at 8pm when the foreshore comes alive with fireworks. The event regularly attracts crowds of more than 40,000 people, all keen to have some fun and enjoy an action-packed line-up. Come and join them! In the event of bad weather the postponement date is Sunday 11 September.
Location: Petone Foreshore (Hutt Valley or Melling train line) * Sat 10- Sun 11 Sep: Carterton Daffodil Carnival
Carterton, an hour's drive from Wellington, has styled itself as the Daffodil Capital of New Zealand, and each year since the 1920s, locals and visitors have come to pick daffodils from a large flower-packed field during the annual Carterton Daffodil Carnival (9am-3pm). In 2011, this flower town celebrates its Daffodil Carnival during the first weekend of Rugby World Cup. Wander around more than 100 craft and produce stalls in the main street of Carterton, visit some of the local gardens in full bloom, and for a small fee, take a shuttle bus to Middlerun to pick your daffodils. Location: Carterton (on Wairarapa train line)
* 17 Sep – 10 Oct: Festival of Sails
New Zealand is as renowned for sailing as it is for rugby. In the early days every one came to these shores by boat, starting with the early explorers such as Kupe, Maui, Tasman and Cook. The Festival of Sails is all about sharing with you New Zealand’s passion for the sea and our love of sailing and racing upon it. It includes a mixture of events:
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays come down to the Festival of Sails village and join a yacht race on Wellington harbour. Racing takes place at 10.30am and 2.00pm and cost $40 per person. No experience is required - just wear warm casual clothing and running or tennis shoes. Get your mates together or come down by yourself and give the 'Real New Zealand Yacht Race' a go!
On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays you can come down to the waterfront and watch some great sailing action. Racing begins at 10am and runs through to the late afternoon. You can watch the thrills and spills from anywhere on the waterfront.
Location: Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, 103 Oriental Parade, Wellington waterfront * Sunday 25 Sep: The Great Living Legends Muck-In
Living Legends is managing 17 native tree planting projects throughout New Zealand during Rugby World Cup 2011. They are working with provincial rugby unions and community groups for each planting, and would love people to join them in supporting NZ’s natural heritage. E each planting site will be dedicated to a New Zealand rugby icon! The Wellington Town Belt is an extensive area of reserve surrounding Wellington City, with a section of the Belt passing behind Berhampore Golf Course west of Adelaide Road. On this site volunteers will plant 5000 additional native trees on Sunday 25 September – join in this unique experience! Pre-register at http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/. Location: Berhampore Golf Course, Berhampore
* Friday 30 Sep: Miromoda Fashion Extravaganza
See the top of traditional and contemporary Māori fashion and design at the Miromoda Fashion Extravaganza. The event will include a contemporary catwalk show featuring pieces by Māori fashion designers, models and make-up artists alongside vibrant Māori music, art, jewellery and performing arts. Preceding the Miromoda catwalk show will be a world premiere exhibition of the ten most prized kakahu (traditional Māori ceremonial cloaks) from the Hetet - Te Kanawa collection. The Miromoda Fashion Extravaganza will include both a matinee (2:30pm) and evening (7:30pm) show.
Location: TSB Arena. Tickets: $70 (includes Catwalk Fashion Extravaganza, viewing of Kakahu (prized cloaks) Exhibition, access to Trade Hall and cash bar). Available from Ticketek
* 1-9 Oct: Dancing in the Street
Java Dance Company will burst from the seams of Wellington's central city with Dancing in the Street, free site-specific dance theatre performances hitting the streets, local cafes, shops and transit stations. Over eight days, dance jumps off the sidewalk as tightly synchronised choreography and athletic bodies infuse the central city with life - pedestrians will burst into athletic dance moves, strangers will be swept off their feet, the city will become a stage and the streets will be pumping. Catch a passing glimpse, linger for a while, or join in the grand finale on Rugby World Cup 2011 Quarter-finals weekend (8 - 9 October). Contact them on http://www.javadancecompany.co.nz/ or message them on Facebook to learn the short, punchy dance routine .
Location: Wellington CBD, various venues.
* 4-7 Oct: INSIGHT: An Open Rehearsal at the New Zealand School of Dance
INSIGHT: An Open Rehearsal at the New Zealand School of Dance is an hour-long showcase of classical and contemporary dance presented by New Zealand's national dance school. Balance your Rugby World Cup experience by watching elite athletes of a different kind. Whether you’re an aficionado or just curious about dance, this performance is an chance to explore this physically demanding and technically precise art form. Prepare to be inspired, impressed and invigorated by Kiwis taking flight!
Location: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown. Entry: donation (minimum $5). Shows start at 6pm.
* 6-9 Oct: MAORI ART MARKet - Porirua
The MAORI ART MARKet, held in Porirua, is New Zealand's largest collection and sale of contemporary Māori art, with a wide representation of art forms including carving, sculpture, glass, painting, weaving, pounamu and jewellery. This is an event for those wanting to experience the unique beauty and depth of Māori art, absorb the creative energy of the artists and understand why the contemporary Māori art movement is being watched with such interest throughout Asia, the Pacific Rim and Europe. A new feature for 2011 will be a focus on the art of the haka - over the four days there will be performances by various groups, with an emphasis on contemporary compositions. On hand to tempt your senses of taste and smell will be a team of Māori chefs using traditional Māori ingredients, matched with wines from Māori-owned vineyards.
Location: Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua. Tickets: $5 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 04 801 7914).
* Friday 7 Oct: Trentham Racecourse Rugby 2011 Festival
Enjoy a day at Trentham Racecourse in Upper Hutt, Wellington's premium thoroughbred racing venue. Alongside the racing, there will be a festival celebrating New Zealand music, local culture, food and beverages with a range of fun, family-friendly activities. The festival entertainment will include Māori cultural performances and activities, in partnership with the local Orongomai Marae — hāngī, kapa haka and marae visits plus live music by a range of local bands and DJs. A range of food and beverage stalls will offer a taste of New Zealand wine and food and local creativity will be showcased with arts and craft stalls.
Location: Trentham Racecourse, Upper Hutt (40 min on Hutt Valley train line). 11am-6pm. Free entry
* Sunday 16 Oct: Diwali: Festival of Lights
India’s best-loved festival, Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. To celebrate, families light small oil lamps (diyas) around the home, decorate the doorstep with pretty rangoli patterns and set off fireworks. This year promises an even bigger celebration as festivities coincide with the Rugby World Cup. Highlights of the Diwali Festival include delicious food stalls, traditional and contemporary dance and music and a grand finale fireworks display.
Location: TSB Bank Arena. Free entry * Sunday 23 Oct @9pm: Rugby World Cup 2011 FINAL! Many bars, cafes and restaurants in Wellington will be showing the final so be sure to find a spot and watch this major sporting event with the locals!