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12 Mar 2009

Rugby World Cup coming to Nelson in 2011

Nelson and Tasman are going to host to two matches in September 2011 for the Rugby World Cup, as announced today by Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd (RNZ).

On Tuesday 20 and 27 September two matches from Pool C will be played at Trafalgar Park, both featuring the Italian team.

Nelson Mayor Kerry Marshall is elated about all of the possibilities in store for the region now that it is part of the Rugby World Cup. “Hosting gives Nelson the exposure it deserves as the birthplace of New Zealand rugby and as one of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations. Visitors will come from all over the world to the top of the South to celebrate our country’s best loved sport, and they’ll take in a full dose of our local hospitality in the process. I couldn’t be more pleased today by the announcement.”

As the signatory to the region’s Rugby World Cup proposal, Nelson City Council’s contribution has always been subject to approval through the 2009/19 Nelson Community Plan (formerly known as the Long-term Council Community Plan) consultation process. The Council has included $1.6 million over three years to cover its costs associated with hosting the Rugby World Cup.

Tasman District Council has included in its Draft Ten Year Plan a total expenditure of $100,000 (before inflation) spread over three years starting in 2009/2010.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne says, "It is excellent that in the Nelson region we have the opportunity to host a Rugby World cup game. This is a wonderful chance for visitors to NZ to explore the treasures of our region. There are many opportunities throughout the Tasman Region, including Golden Bay, for visitors to enjoy and experience."

The Nelson Community Plan will open for public consultation on 27 March and the community will be able to have its say until 8 May. The Tasman District Council’s Ten Year Plan is open for public comment from 23 March until 27 April.