Waiheke Marketplace : August 31st 2011
5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 31, 2011 NEWS Rugby club rents crowd for visitors World cup fun: Onetangi Sports Park club house. By GILL ALCOCK Driving hospitality: Waiheke Island Rugby Club president Vern Whitehead. Waiheke Island Rugby Club is determined to give visitors a lasting memory of their trip to the island. Club president Vern Whitehead believes passion- ately that if visitors have a good time the benefits to tourism in the future will go on and on. To this end the club has organised a rent a crowd'' to populate the club rooms at Onetangi Sports Park during its opening hours of 3.30pm to 6.30pm every day during the six weeks of the Rugby World Cup so visitors get the opportunity to chat to some locals''. Staff from Placemakers and volunteers from the fire brigade are among the residents who will be turning up to provide some atmos- phere at the club. We're hoping to catch people at the end of their day trip to Waiheke and get them to stay the evening,'' Mr Whitehead says. We will provide a link between what everyone else is doing and fill the quiet time.'' The fun will include a haka lesson from the high school rugby team who will not only teach visitors how to perform a haka but will also video them and upload their efforts on to YouTube so friends and family back home can see their performances. The clubrooms will be decorated with the jerseys of all the teams entered in the competition and visitors will be able to get their rugby passports -- given to them when they arrive in the country -- stamped at the only island rugby club in New Zea- land. The club has a group of volunteers manning the pier in Auckland and on the morn- ing ferries handing out brochures about the Waiheke adopt a second team initiat- ive and will be encouraging all visitors to check out the club as part of the tour. The rugby ambassadors will be led by rugby fanatic Marg Graydon, one of the many residents who made the trip to France for the last world cup. She and her team will be on the Fullers ferries for six weeks from 9am. Any- one wishing to help can call Mrs Graydon on 372-2989 or email marggraydon@farm side.co.nz. Fullers says world cup ferry delays possible Fullers is warning pass- engers to expect some delays to services on the evening of the Rugby World Cup open- ing ceremony. All ferry movements will be suspended in the ferry basin from 7.50pm to 8.15pm on September 9 or until the area is clear of opening ceremony craft and fireworks barges. The most affected services will be between Birkenhead, Devonport, Half Moon Bay and Auckland but Waiheke passengers could also experi- ence delays as Fullers will be required to reduce its speed at different points in the har- bour from early afternoon. In the event that sailings that are due into the ferry basin around the suspended period are running late, those sailings will also be held away from the wharf area until the end of the fireworks. These could include the 7.15pm from Waiheke Island and the 7.15pm from Half Moon Bay. Service delivery manager Warren Fowler says there will be an unprecedented'' amount of additional activity around the downtown area and Queens Wharf for the opening. We are working closely with all parties to minimise the disruption to our services as well as ensuring the safety of all passengers and other people who will be using the ferry basin during this period. Fullers apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. We're asking pas- sengers to plan their trips accordingly to avoid being held up as well as allowing extra time to purchase tickets and make their way for boarding onto the ferries.'' Fullers staff will be positioned at all departure points to provide updated information on the day. Festival to showcase talent The festival due to take place in a pavilion at Matiatia will last 28 days, co-organiser Brent Gibson says. The venue will become an entertainment centre during the last month of the Rugby World Cup period, providing a stage to showcase local musicians, dancers and entertainers. Anyone wishing to book an appearance during the festival should call John Quigley on 0274-984-658. Flags fly for the cup Fluttering in anticipation: Flags are flying in Oneroa ready for the Rugby World Cup. Rugby fever hit Oneroa with the raising of the world cup flags on the poles along Ocean View Rd last Wednesday. With just eight sleeps to go before New Zealand's biggest sporting event, the island is getting into the mood. Bars and restaurants are putting up bunting and soon the adopt a second team'' flags will be added.
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