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MEDIA REVIEW- RWC 2011 OPENING
NZ Herald Poll 11/9/11: What did you think of the RWC Opening?
10,500 respondents: 64% - Amazingly Awesome and/or Exceeded Expectations
QUOTES COUNTRY OUTLETHEADLINE DATE WEBSITE
―Maori culture proudly to the fore in an
unforgettable start to the 
tournament‖ 
 
―What [NZ] have is something of huge worth: a
defining cultural pivot 
around which the whole event could spin ... How [Boyle,
Olympics 2012 coordinator] must have envied [NZ’s] 
cultural coherence 
... the haka is one of the grand sights of world sport ..
the haka was at the heart of the whole opening ceremony...‖ 
UK TelegraphLondon 2012Olympics: NewZealand's AllBlacks have theirhaka
 –
― … stunning ceremony 
- which has won worldwide acclaim 
 –
 
― 
 
NZ DOMPOSTRWC OpeningCeremony anOverwhelmingSuccesshttp://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/fan-central/5600562/RWC-ceremony-an-overwhelming-success
They loved the drama, the rumble of the haka and that young man in red and black - through the world's eyes, our opening ceremony was ka pai. Media reports from around the globe bandied about words like spine-tingling, mesmerising, spectacular and dazzling to describe the much anticipated opening event.
NZ NZHeraldWorld Cupceremony a Winnerwith the Worldhttp://www.nzherald.co.nz /nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10750945 
 
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―it showcased the best of what New Zealand and the SouthPacific has to offer.‖ 
The World received a traditional Māori welcome in New Zealand 
today as the Rugby World Cup 201 was officially opened.
UK TheIndependentKIWIS SAY KIAORA TO THEWORLDhttp://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/kiwis-say-kia-ora-to-world-1.1134480
― … a string of events … arrival of a fleet of 26 waka (traditional Māori boats) .. week of spine
-tingling flash mob street haka ..most potently by Te Matarae I O Rehu whose stadium filling performance was highlight of an event that was mesmerising,
spectacular ..‖ 
 
UK TheGuardianSPECTACULAROPENINGCEREMONYTICKS ALL THEBOXEShttp://www.google.co.nz/#sclient=psy&hl=en&tbo=1&tbs=sbd:1&tbm=nws&source=hp&q=Guardian+Rugby+World+Cup+Maori+ticks
― … Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset 
welcomed the world to New Zealand in the language of the Maori 
…[the opening] culminated in a massive, intense and passionate
haka, devised with the input of Mao 
ri throughout New Zealand …‖ 
 
SRI LANKA TheSundayLeaderSpectacularFireworks AndPageantry HeraldRugby World CupOpening11/9/11http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/09/11/spectacular-fireworks-and-pageantry-herald-rugby-world-cup-opening/  
―A magical opening cer 
emony that incorporated the best of New 
Zealand culture … elements of Maori culture and the city's sailing 
tradition were woven into a 20- 
minute story‖ 
 
NZ ManawatuStandard
 
―The surprise hakas have become an internet sensation in recent 
weeks ... [The Opening] was spectacular by comparison with 1987's hastily put together Rugby World Cup opener, which New 
Zealand also hosted, which featured marching girls.‖ 
 
UK TheGuardianFlash mob hakasspring up all overNZhttp://www.guardian.co.uk /sport/2011/sep/09/rugby-world-cup-2011-haka 
―More importantly I found it fascinating how this dance and culture
has a unique power to bind everyone in New Zealand, and not  just those who were at the square for the competition. It's a source of national pride and when it's channeled through one 
NZ NZHerald
 
PREPARINGFOR WAR10/9/11 http://www.nzherald.co.nz /sport/news/article.cfm?c_ id=4&objectid=10750935
 
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fearsome, snarling war dance, it's nothing short of amazing.‖ 
There was a surreal "abstract retelling" of Maori creation myth,complete with karanga, then that mighty Kiwi invention, the blo- kart, came gliding out, covered in silver paint to symbolise the waves of migration to these shores.
He said ―It is fascinating to gain an
understanding of the work that New Zealand does to promote indigenous culture and 
bilingualism … share stories regarding our experiences …‖ 
 
WALES SouthWalesEvening Post
MINISTER’S
TRADITIONALWELCOME10/9/11 http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Minister-s-traditional-welcome/story-13303737-detail/story.html
―… A grand city 
wide ceremony .. traditional Māori welcome .. thecrowd was wowed by an almighty display of kapa haka ..‖ 
 
NZ Newstalk ZBALMIGHTYCEREMONYOPENS RWC10/9/11 http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyid=204394
― … Dazzling … spectacular .. a traditional Māori greeting wasfollowed by a dazzling light display that traced Māori motifs and the country’s landscape .. the world’s largest Pacific city …‖ 
 
CHINA XinhuaNewsRWC OFF TOSPECTACULARSTARThttp://news.xinhuanet.com /english2010/sports/2011-09/09/c_131128163.htm
―1 billion saw an incredible spectacle as the event unfolded .. thekaranga, a traditional Māori 
call of welcome kicked off the 
ceremony … unbelievable ceremony‖ 
 
UK OnlyKent:BreakingWorldNewsOPENINGCEREMONYWOWS AT RUGBYWORLD CUP NZhttp://www.onlykent.com/20110909/opening-ceremony-wows-at-rugby-world-cup-2011-new-zealand-vs-tonga/ 
―Earlier, the crowd were treated to an at times spine
-tingling opening ceremony that drew on New Zealand's Maori and rugby heritage. Anyone tuning in would have been in no doubt about 
New Zealand's cultural heritage.‖ 

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