Aucklandís Queens Wharf will host a mass public
opening ceremony for the 2011 Rugby World Cup tournament and will
also be the centre of a wider redevelopment of the North Wharf
have secured Queens Wharf for a number of initiatives for the
period of the Rugby World Cup," said Prime Minister John Key.
"At the very least this will see Queens Wharf loaned from the
Ports of Auckland for the period of the Cup."
event Queens Wharf is purchased, plans such as the development of
an international cruise ship terminal would occur by 2011."
The Queens Wharf development should be
capable of hosting 10,000 to 15,000 people, and Mr. Key called
on the leaders of Auckland as well as everyday New Zealanders to
come to the party in assisting to make the most of the opportunity
presented by the Rugby World Cup.
"It is through the
involvement of all New Zealanders that we will maximise the
experience for our visitors and send them away with a positive and
warm impression of New Zealand.
"The eyes of the world
will be on New Zealand, with billions of television viewers and an
estimated 70,000 fans here in person.
"In short, this is
the third-biggest sporting event on the planet. This is an
unprecedented chance to present the best of New Zealand to the
world - and in doing so attract people to visit here and invest
here" he said.
Although Auckland will be the focus for the opening
ceremony and final two weeks of the tournament (when semi-final
and final matches are played at Mt Eden), the benefits of Rugby
World Cup 2011 will be spread throughout New Zealand. Matches will
be hosted as far north as Whangarei and as far south as
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