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 ―Maori culture proudly to the fore in an unforgettable start to the tournament‖ COUNTRY NZ OUTL ET NZ Herald HEADLINE Majestic waka make stunning impact DATE WEBSITE http://www.nzherald.co.nz /maori/news/article.cfm?c _id=252&objectid=107507 16 http://www.telegraph.co.u k/sport/olympics/8752871/ London-2012-OlympicsNew-Zealands-All-Blackshave-their-haka-but-darewe-unleash-our-morrisdancers.html

―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

Telegr aph

London 2012 Olympics: New Zealand's All Blacks have their haka – but dare we unleash our morris dancers?

― … stunning ceremony - which has won worldwide acclaim – ―

NZ

DOM POST

RWC Opening Ceremony an Overwhelming Success World Cup ceremony a Winner with the World

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

NZ Herald

http://www.stuff.co.nz/spo rt/rugby/fancentral/5600562/RWCceremony-anoverwhelming-success http://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 South Pacific has to offer.‖ The World received a traditional Māori welcome in New Zealand today as the Rugby World Cup 201 was officially opened. ― … 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 ..‖ ― … 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 Maori throughout New Zealand …‖

NZ

TVNZ

CEREMONY TRUMPS ALL BLACKS KIWIS SAY KIA ORA TO THE WORLD SPECTACULAR OPENING CEREMONY TICKS ALL THE BOXES Spectacular Fireworks And Pageantry Herald Rugby World Cup Opening

10/9/11

UK

UK

The Indepe ndent The Guardi an

SRI LANKA

The Sunda y Leader

11/9/11

http://tvnz.co.nz/rugbyworld-cup/ceremonytrumps-all-blacks4394963 http://www.iol.co.za/capea rgus/kiwis-say-kia-ora-toworld-1.1134480 http://www.google.co.nz/# sclient=psy&hl=en&tbo=1 &tbs=sbd:1&tbm=nws&so urce=hp&q=Guardian+Ru gby+World+Cup+Maori+ti cks http://www.thesundaylead er.lk/2011/09/11/spectacul ar-fireworks-andpageantry-herald-rugbyworld-cup-opening/

―A magical opening ceremony 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‖ ―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.‖ ―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

Mana watu Standa rd The Guardi an NZ Herald

KICKING OFF WITH A BANG

10/9/11

http://www.stuff.co.nz/ma nawatustandard/news/5599983/K icking-off-with-a-bang http://www.guardian.co.uk /sport/2011/sep/09/rugbyworld-cup-2011-haka

UK

Flash mob hakas spring up all over NZ PREPARING FOR WAR 10/9/11

NZ

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 blokart, came gliding out, covered in silver paint to symbolise the waves of migration to these shores.

NZ

Stuff

CRACKER NIGHT FANS HAVE A BALL

11/9/11

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auc kland/local-news/rwc-inauckland/5602910/Cracke r-night-fans-have-a-ball

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

South Wales Evenin g Post

MINISTER’S TRADITIONAL WELCOME

10/9/11

http://www.thisissouthwal es.co.uk/Minister-straditional-welcome/story13303737detail/story.html http://www.newstalkzb.co. nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyi d=204394 http://news.xinhuanet.com /english2010/sports/201109/09/c_131128163.htm http://www.onlykent.com/2 0110909/openingceremony-wows-at-rugbyworld-cup-2011-newzealand-vs-tonga/

―… A grand city-wide ceremony .. traditional Māori welcome .. the crowd was wowed by an almighty display of kapa haka ..‖ ― … Dazzling … spectacular .. a traditional Māori greeting was followed by a dazzling light display that traced Māori motifs and the country’s landscape .. the world’s largest Pacific city …‖ ―1 billion saw an incredible spectacle as the event unfolded .. the karanga, a traditional Māori call of welcome kicked off the ceremony … unbelievable ceremony‖

NZ

Newst alk ZB Xinhua News Only Kent: Breaki ng World News Nelson Mail

CHINA

UK

ALMIGHTY CEREMONY OPENS RWC RWC OFF TO SPECTACULAR START OPENING CEREMONY WOWS AT RUGBY WORLD CUP NZ

10/9/11

―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.‖

NZ

A spectacular Kiwi welcome

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nels on-mail/news/5600158/Aspectacular-Kiwi-welcome

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―A traditional Maori call of welcome, known as the karanga, opened the ceremony, followed by a highly energetic performance featuring dancers, singers, fireworks and a dazzling light show.‖

NZ

RNZ

Huge crowds celebrate RWC opening

http://www.radionz.co.nz/ news/rugby2011/84684/huge-crowdscelebrate-rugby-worldcup-opening

―The ceremony, featuring 1000 volunteers and video images beamed on to the pitch, drew heavily on New Zealand's Maori heritage as it traced the country's mythical ancient origins and strong rugby tradition.‖

AUST

Sydne y Mornin g Herald Austral ia Networ k News Stuff: Auckla nd Now

Opening Spectacular

10/9/11

http://www.smh.com.au/ru gby-union/unionnews/legend-lomu-lightsup-opening-spectacular20110909-1k1rg.html http://australianetworknew s.com/stories/201109/331 4638.htm?desktop

―Bernard Lapasset, the French chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB), officially declared the tournament open after a 30-minute ceremony celebrating the country's Maori heritage and unrivalled rugby pedigree.‖ They are the latest flash-mob to perform the haka Maui Potiki, and the group of young Maori leaders from around the country were also responsible for the flash-mob haka at an Auckland mall earlier in the week which has been a major hit on YouTube. Frenchman Jeremy Fleaury said: "Being in New Zealand to see the haka like that it just surprises, it's awesome, really awesome. I hope tonight will be perfect as well."

AUST

Rugby World Cup kicks off in NZ

NZ

Mass haka rocks NZ

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auc kland/local-news/rwc-inauckland/5594154/Masshaka-rocks-city

Bernard Lapasset, the French chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB), officially declared the tournament open after a 30-minute ceremony celebrating the country's Maori heritage and unrivalled rugby pedigree.

AUST

ABC News

Glittering ceremony opens World Cup

http://www.abc.net.au/ne ws/2011-09-09/newzealand-opens-worldcup/2878992

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In a year when New Zealand suffered its worst ever natural disaster with the Christchurch earthquake, and the need to regain some much needed World Cup mana, the words of that haka must surely be an omen: "All Blacks, let me become one with the land. This is our land that rumbles. It's my time. It's my moment."

USA

CNN

In search of Mana: New Zealand's World Cup obsession

http://edition.cnn.com/201 1/SPORT/08/17/sport.rug by.new.zealand/index.htm l

―Thousands have been turning up to welcome the various squads … Martin Johnson dryly noting that it’s not something they normally receive hereabouts. The warmth of the Maori welcomes and native hospitality across the entire nation has been a credit to New Zealand.‖

IRELAND

The Irish Times

Friendly welcome fails to mask local fear factor

http://www.irishtimes.com/ newspaper/sport/2011/09 06/1224303588457.html

NZ

Voxy: (Chris Ford, Blog)

Auckland And The Rugby World Cup - A+ For Opening Ceremony And Game D- For Transport And Crowd Control SHOW HELD CROWD ENTRANCED

10/9/11

http://www.voxy.co.nz/nati onal/auckland-and-rugbyworld-cup-openingceremony-and-game-dtransport-and-crowdco/1273/101023

A "spectacular" opening ceremony did New Zealand proud … Tasman Rugby Union chairman Nick Patterson was particularly impressed with the changing light displays, the dancing and hakas, and a lone Maori woman calling a karanga whose "incredible voice filled right across the stadium … It was just an unbelievable sort of experience." ―ABSOLUTELY sensational — and that was just the opening ceremony. Leaning heavily on Maori culture and protocols, Eden

NZ

Nelson Mail

10/9/11

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nels onmail/news/5600157/Show -held-crowd-entranced

IRELAND

Irish Exama

Time is now for our

http://www.examiner.ie/sp ort/time-is-now-for-our-

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Park was electrified for the most incredible spectacle I have ever witnessed on a rugby pitch. As an opening statement from the tournament organisers, it could not have been more striking‖

nier

golden generation

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