Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Nation’s Biggest Boots to take on Air New Zealand in Chch

Media release
5 October 2012

Nation’s Biggest Boots set to take on Air New Zealand all black 777-300 in Christchurch

New Zealand’s top provincial rugby placekickers are heading to Christchurch on Sunday 14 October, to line up next to the all black Boeing 777-300, for a competition to find New Zealand’s Biggest Boot.

The Biggest Boot event is a celebration of Air New Zealand’s sponsorship of provincial rugby and the All Blacks. All Blacks squad members and around 800 rugby fans are expected at the invitation-only event and a planeload of Air New Zealand staff supporters will be flying from Auckland to Christchurch, onboard the all black 777-300, to cheer on the provincial placekickers.

The 26 provincial rugby unions were each able to select their best placekicking talent to travel to Christchurch to represent their province in The Biggest Boot. Provincial representatives will compete against each other in a knockout competition where they will attempt to kick the length of the 73m aircraft, or further if they can. The eventual winner will be named The Biggest Boot and will win the grand prize of a trip for two to see the All Blacks take on England in November’s Air New Zealand European Tour, as well as attend the All Blacks Captains’ Training Run at Twickenham the day before the big game.

Air New Zealand’s Head of Sponsorship, James Gibson, is excited at the prospect of seeing just how far some of the best provincial boots can kick and whether any can beat the length of the airline’s longest aircraft.

“There’s some great provincial rivalry between the 26 provinces being represented and it will be awesome to see their best placekickers lined up next to the all black 777-300 and see who will reign supreme as New Zealand’s Biggest Boot.

“It is also the first-ever visit to Christchurch for the all black 777-300, as it normally services the Auckland-Los Angeles-London route, so it will be a great opportunity to showcase this stunning aircraft to a city that has such a history and a passion for our national game,” says Gibson.

New Zealand Rugby Union Chief Executive Steve Tew says, “The NZRU is thrilled to be able to partner with major sponsor Air New Zealand on an event that celebrates grassroots provincial rugby, as provincial rugby holds a special place in the heart of New Zealanders and is where our future All Blacks shine.”

The MC for The Biggest Boot event will be celebrated New Zealand TV sports personality John McBeth and local linesman and ball boys will be on hand to ensure the competition is a sporting one.

Thank you to Z Energy and Christchurch International Airport Limited for supporting this event.

ENDs

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Statistics: Business Research And Development Up 29 Percent

Computer services and machinery manufacturing firms led the way in an almost 30 percent lift in business spending on research and development (R&D) in 2016, Stats NZ said today. Businesses spent $1.6 billion on R&D in 2016, up $356 million (29 percent) from 2014. More>>

ALSO:

China Shopping: NZ-China FTA Upgrade Agreed Among Slew Of New Deals

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and China Premier Li Keqiang signed off a series of cooperation deals spanning trade, customs, travel and climate change and confirmed commencement of official talks on an upgrade to the nine-year old free-trade agreement between the two countries. More>>

ALSO:

Media: TVNZ Flags Job Cuts To Arrest Profit Decline

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said the changes were aimed at creating "a sustainable future video content business for TVNZ in an ever-changing media market." More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: Wheeler Keeps OCR At 1.75%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.75 percent, as expected, and reiterated his view that the benchmark rate doesn't need shifting for the foreseeable future. More>>

ALSO:

Trade Plans: Prime Minister's Speech To International Business Forum

"The work to improve public services, build infrastructure, and solve social problems is possible only because we have enjoyed sustained, solid economic growth. A big reason for that is the Government’s consistent agenda of economic reform, and our determination to open up more opportunities for trade with the world." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news