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Meet The Stars of the NRL

Meet The Stars of the NRL

For the first time in New Zealand’s rugby league history, all 16 NRL teams will take centre stage in Auckland’s Aotea Squarebefore they compete in the inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines tournament at Eden Park on15 and 16 February.

Competitions, giveaways, and the chance to meet the stars of the NRL leading into Auckland’s greatest weekend of rugby league with live performances from Auckland-based dance group The Royal Family – gold medallists at the recent 2013 World Hip-Hop Dance Championship.

Team welcome event details

Date: 12.15pm on Friday, 14 February 2014

Location: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD

Cost: FREE

Tell us if you’re going on Facebook or find out more at aucklandnz.com/nrlaucklandnines

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As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

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