Tickets for the eagerly awaited opening match of the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 are now on sale to the general public. Whangarei is hosting the first match of the once in a generation event when the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians take on the British and Irish Lions at Toll Stadium on 3 June 2017. WDC’s Venues and Events Manager, Greg Innes, said that several thousand Lions fans are expected to follow the team and visit our District.
“We are working really hard behind the scenes to make sure this event is just as successful as the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and the FIFA U-20 tournament last year.
“Events like these bring economic benefit to our District, showcase our region to the world, and provide great entertainment opportunities for our residents and ratepayers,” he said.
This is the first time in the professional era the Lions have played in Whangarei and the fact that it’s the opening game and features a side representing New Zealand’s provinces makes it extra special.
“We expect demand to be huge so get in early to secure your seats,” Greg said.
Ali McGinn, Acting CE of Northland Rugby Union, said the region would be hosting lots of activities including engagement with schools.
“Tickets for the rugby community went on sale earlier in October and we’ve already seen great interest.”
The match day trophy - a Taiaha, called Te Hiku (the tail of the great fish of Maui-tikitiki- a-Taranga - North Island) which was presented to Whangarei District Council in August will be taken around various schools in the region over the coming months. Greg went on to say that Te Hiku will also be on display at the Whangarei Art Museum and in the Whangarei Central Library in the lead up to the event.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to show visitors our manaakitanga and to get out and have some fun ourselves," Greg said.
Further information will be available from the whangareinz.com website and Facebook page.
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Tickets are now available from Forum North Box Office or from NZ Lions Series 2017 website
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