02/10/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
For those of you who have been hiding the last few weeks, we are smack in the middle of the Rugby World Cup and it just happens to be playing out right on Auckland’s doorstep.
The New Zealand public has embraced the spirit of the competition in a way I have never seen in my lifetime before. Kiwis are usually a supportive (but not really “out there”) breed of citizen. We have a few too many “British genes” to make a habit of displaying “flamboyent” public gestures. And, yet, since the competition began Kiwis have adorned their cars and houses, fencelines and businesses with flags…LOTS of flags! Flags not only supporting New Zealand and the All Blacks, but flags that represent all nations competing in the Cup.
Some folk have taped banner flags to their car bonnets to match the flags flying from the roof, and one die-hard Tongan supporter even painted the front of their house bright (and I mean b-r-i-g-h-t) red and white to match the colours of the Tongan flag! My favourite had to be seeing a really large All Blacks banner flag streaming from behind a senior citizen’s motorised scooter. BTW…the flags pictured, above, are my own contribution to our national pride.
The flags are a wonderful expression of support and festivity. They bring colour and smiles to our city, and help those of us who can’t afford the extraordinarily high game ticket prices to still feel a part of the competition. Nice. Go the All Blacks!