Tasman Leader : February 6th 2014
Burning rubber page 32 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 Super rugby fever high M By ALASTAIR PAULIN otueka is gearing up for its third Super Rugby pre-season game and organisers are hoping for a crowd of 10,000. Motueka businesses are hoping that will include plenty of freespending Cantabrians. Dave Moloney, the chairman of Our Town Motueka, said a centrepiece of the group’s campaign was a window display competition with a $1000 prize to be announced on Friday. ‘‘It’s so exciting. People have put a lot of effort into it – it’s not just your standard balloons and streamers. We seen suits of armour and mannequins and all sorts. ‘‘We want visitors to make the most of our hospitality and hopefully spend the weekend here but we’re also focused on return business. We hope they’ll have such a good time that they’ll come back again next year. It’s been great to have the game as a catalyst but it’s up to us as business owners to capitalise on that.’’ He had no numbers on the impact of the previous games but said OTM would be doing a ‘‘pulse-check’’ after the weekend to see what worked and what didn’t. High St retailer Kendall Riley from Abel Tasman Outdoors transformed one window into a black-and-red Crusaders display and the other into a blue-and-gold Highlanders promotion, complete with a swimsuit-clad mannequin holding a sign reading: ‘‘Come on Brad Thorn. Giz us a kiss.’’ He said he had already convinced some Christchurch shoppers to buy tickets to the game. ‘‘They said they weren’t going to bother since they see them in Christchurch but I said ‘Do you get as close to the action as we do here?’ ’’ Kendall said the commercial impact of the game was ‘‘hard to quantify because it has always been around a long weekend when we have lots of visitors anyway but it does make the town buzz the day before and the day after. ‘‘It’s up to us to convert that Retail battle: Kendall Riley, left, the owner of Abel Tasman Outdoors, and assistant Adam Ross, in front of the shop’s Crusaders display, one of the entries in the $1000 Super Rugby window display competition in advance of tomorrow’s big game. buzz into sales. We need these events in this town.’’ Match operations manager Jo MacLean from the Tasman Rugby Union said that on Wednesday morning, ticket sales were above 4000 but the man behind staging the game in Motueka, George Sturgeon, said ‘‘I’ll be pissed off if we don’t get 10,000.’’ The previous Crusaders pre- season games in Motueka in 2008 and 2010 attracted 10,000 and 8000 punters respectively. The 818-seat ‘‘gold’’ grandstand is sold out and sales in the tem- porary 3744-seat ‘‘silver’’ stand at Sports Park Motueka were tracking well, said Jo. Portions of the proceeds from the match go to the TRU, to junior rugby and to Good Sports Motueka, the trust that runs the Sports Park facility in Motueka. George said that were it not for the promise of funds for junior rugby, he wouldn’t have done all the work necessary to bring the match to Motueka. With a crew of volunteers and some workers from Talley’s, he has turned the club rugby field into a sparkling stadium over several weeks, including Sunday working bees. ‘‘With games like this, you couldn’t do it without the Motueka people, George and his crew setting up the stands, all the volunteers and even [Motueka ticket outlet] Whitwell’s, which has had almost a fulltime person selling tickets,’’ said Jo. The Crusaders arrive in Motu- eka on Thursday and the Highlanders on Friday. Both teams are catching a Friday night flight out of Nelson, meaning they will have to leave Motueka at Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN 8pm. The Crusaders will be the guests at Te Awhina marae’s Waitangi Day celebration, which starts with a powhiri at 11am and will feature Maori games and a ‘‘mix and mingle’’ session with some players until 12.30pm. The gold coin koha event runs until 2pm. Fans will have another chance to meet the players at Kaiteriteri between 4.30pm and 6pm on Thursday. On Friday, gates open at 3pm, there is entertainment from 3.30pm and kick-off is at 5.30pm. Wensley House Rest Home & Retirement Village APARTMENTS Private family run rest home with 2 apartments currently available Ph. (03) 544 4099 Please phone Helen during business hours to view. Email. email@example.com, www.wensleyhouse.co.nz 5845623AA HOME AND REST Wensley House Rest Home is a 30 bed private family run rest home with 13 studios and apartments, over the years has grown in size and won a reputation for first rate professional care. • Friendly and happy home environment • Privately owned and operated by Tony and Helen Coombs • Within easy distance of the shopping centre of Richmond Village.
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