Hosting Rugby World Cup 2011

6 September 2010

There are lots of ways you can get involved in the region's hosting of RWC 2011.

Bar owners and Wales supporters Jo and Mike Howard will welcome visiting fans

Bar owners and Wales supporters Jo and Mike Howard will welcome visiting fans

The most direct way to be part of the action will be as a spectator at one of the seven matches at Wellington Regional Stadium.

Applications for individual tickets open on Friday 10 September and close on Friday 8 October. This is the last chance to get into the ballot for tickets to the semi-finals and Final. For more information:

Ticketing - Rugby World Cup 2011 website

 We're anticipating most locals, whether they're going to the matches or not, will take in some of the festival activities. It'll be a free, fun way to soak up the atmosphere. The festival will have a 'carnivale' theme.

The focus will be on the waterfront for most of the tournament, where an official 'Fan Zone' will be centred around the existing Wharewaka. It will be the 'must-visit' Wellington destination during RWC 2011, featuring entertainment and cultural activities, opportunities to meet the teams and much more.

The Fan Zone will be part of a string of connected waterfront locations for entertainment and activities - from Frank Kitts Park to Waitangi Park, including Civic Square and Te Papa. The Fan Zone action will move to Courtenay Place, which will be closed to traffic, during the quarter-finals weekend of 8 and 9 October 2011.

Outside the Fan Zones, the rest of the city will be dressed in its party finest, with flags, banners and lighting - and there will be a host of activities including exhibitions, displays and much more.

If you want to play an active role in the Tournament, you now have until 24 September to register your interest in becoming an official volunteer. We need great people to show off our region and keep some important functions ticking over.

And if you want to stage your own community event as part of the nationwide RWC 2011 festival, you can apply for funding through the $9.5 million New Zealand lotteries fund. This covers festival activities across the country from concerts to exhibitions. Applications close 17 September. For more information:

Department of Internal Affairs website

But remember - the simplest way everyone can play a part in hosting a successful Tournament is providing a warm and friendly welcome for all our visitors. Polish up your greetings - Bula! Helo! Bonjour! Malo e lelei! - because we'll be playing host to players from around the world during RWC 2011 and we want to make them welcome.

Over the coming months, we'll be promoting ways for expat communities and others to get involved.