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About REAL New Zealand Festival

The REAL New Zealand Festival will celebrate all things New Zealand during Rugby World Cup 2011 – from 9 September to 24 October.

One Point

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman I was in the Eden Park stadium on the final night of the Tournament. Not only in the stadium, but, as part of my duties, in the players tunnel area during the last quarter of … Continue reading

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The party’s over

By Insider – Jock Phillips Almost everyone was dressed up – French supporters with tricolour wigs, rooster hats, and red, white and blue drapes; Kiwis almost all in black, with silver hats, fern antlers, and enveloped in New Zealand flags. … Continue reading

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The nationwide buzz

By Guest Insider – Eric Dorfman I suspect, like a good many New Zealanders, as Rugby World Cup 2011 approached I became thoroughly immersed in making my own preparations. Depending on how you look at it, I was lucky enough … Continue reading

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Everyone’s an All Black supporter

By Insider – Jock Phillips It’s midday on the day of THE BIG GAME. The countdown really began at Kiri Te Kanawa’s concert last night when the great soprano welcomed everyone to a ‘celebration’; and then explained that ‘hadn’t our … Continue reading

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Bringing the country to the city

By Insider – Jock Phillips There was a time when all of us Kiwis had the soil of the country in our finger nails.  We had rellies in the country where we spent our summer holidays; and even if we … Continue reading

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Hard on the Heels

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman Hard on the Heels, Peter Bush, Capturing the All Blacks Closing on October 30, this photography exhibition at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea is well worth a look (the exhibition is also on … Continue reading

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Something for everyone

By Insider – Jock Phillips We are now into the business end of the World Cup.  The hordes of Irish and Scottish and Argentinian and English and Italian fans in their campervans have gone home, licking their wounds.  There don’t … Continue reading

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Rugby heroes, rugby villains

By Insider – Jock Phillips Put together a case of old jerseys, cups, programmes and tickets; throw in a couple of panels about heroes of the past; add a scrummaging or a kicking-a-goal interactive; find a catchy title (usually involving … Continue reading

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Black and Blue

By Insider – Jock Phillips My title could refer to the bodies of the Wallaby rugby team, but it does not.  It refers to the colours of the two teams which will meet at Eden Park on Sunday night.  So … Continue reading

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Everyone’s an expert now

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman There’s a new Rugby World Cup phenomenon around, and no it isn’t how far the French managed to get. This phenomenon is  a sort of confessional appearing in workplaces around the country…the conversation generally runs … Continue reading

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