Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Club Partnerships for Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines

(Embargoed until 5pm, today)

Auckland, New Zealand, December 16, 2013 – Auckland mayor Len Brown today announced a host of exciting partnerships between NRL clubs and local clubs for a citywide community initiative ahead of the inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park on February 15-16.

Mayor Brown revealed a schedule which sees the Gold Coast Titans travelling to the Hibiscus Coast Raiders in the north, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to the
Pakuranga Jaguars in the east, the Melbourne Storm to the Manurewa Marlins in the south and the North Queensland Cowboys to the Glenora Bears in the west.

Each of the 16 teams competing in the Nines will visit an Auckland Rugby League club in what is an unprecedented grass roots blitz. All but one of the appearances will occur two
days out from the tournament on Thursday, February 13 with the only exception being the Titans’ journey to Hibiscus Coast on Wednesday, February 12.

“Auckland Council is excited to bring the hugely innovative Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines to the region and is also excited about the positive legacy the tournament will
create for grass roots league across the city,” said Brown.

“We hope a new generation of players will be inspired by the chance to interact with their club’s adopted NRL team. Meeting the stars coming for the tournament will provide
youngsters with a buzz that will have long-lasting benefits in this historic rugby league strong-hold.”

Of special interest to the mayor – not to mention Sir Peter Leitch – was the discovery the Penrith Panthers had been chosen as the NRL club to visit the Mangere East Hawks.
While the squads are yet to be selected it means Mangere East could be playing host to former Vodafone Warriors coach Ivan Cleary and several New Zealand players including
new signing Elijah Taylor plus Lewis Brown, Isaac John and Dean Whare.

The Storm’s trip to the southern-most club chosen for the initiative means Manurewa juniors Jesse and Kenny Bromwich could return to their old club. With several thousand fans expected to flock to see an array of NRL stars in their neighbourhood, one of the biggest crowds is likely to show up at Murray Halberg Park when the Vodafone Warriors pair up with the Marist Saints. Marist has produced several Vodafone Warriors including Gene Ngamu, Francis Meli, Motu Tony, Jerome Ropati and Bill Tupou plus Sonny Bill Williams and Roy Asotasi.

The club also provided five players in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ side for this year’s NYC grand final – David Fusitua, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino and Michael Sio.

Out west it will be a case of two Roosters clubs uniting when Te Atatu, which produced the brilliant Dennis Williams in the 1970s and 1980s, welcomes 2013 NRL premiers the
Sydney Roosters, maybe with SBW in tow along with their cast of other stars.

Having all 16 NRL clubs in Auckland at the same time is unprecedented, let alone making visits to local clubs en masse as well.

“To have the stars of our game at local league grounds is huge for grass roots rugby league and I know the clubs want to provide a unique experience for each team,” said
ARL chairman Dene Biddlecombe.

“Everyone from school children to passionate rugby league fans will be able to meet their favourite stars just days before the February tournament. This is a brilliant opportunity.”
Rachael Carroll, general manager destination and marketing ATEED, said the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines would drive huge economic benefits for the city as well as
providing Eden Park with one of its biggest events in a year when the Vodafone Warriors will also play three home games there during the 2014 NRL season.

“The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines will become an economic anchor over time and bring legacy benefits to Auckland and New Zealand by way of rugby league
development,” she said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Christchurch: Fixing Town Hall Means Performing Arts Precinct Rethink

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>


With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>


Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>


Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>


Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news