OPENING NIGHT – RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011
TE HERENGA WAKA
20 x waka (the largest ever assembled at Viaduct Harbour) were paddled into the viaduct harbour to signify the many nations represnted at the Rugby World Cup – coming together to reach one goal – winning the Webb Ellis Trophy
Dave Dobbyn performed an acoustic version of “Welcome Home which was followed by 600 Kaihoe performing two haka in front of thousands of spectators- “E kau ki te tai” on Te Wero Island, Viaduct basin and “Ka mate” on queens wharf.
These performances were to be followed by a concert by Dave Dobbyn, the Finn Brothers, APO, Don McGlashan, Kora, Midnight Youth and Dane Rumble and – leading up to and following the All Black first match of the Rugby World Cup.