I'm so looking forward to not being in HB for most of the World Cup and instead going to some of the games elsewhere!
We have some blow up dolls on marine parade, a bossom (oops blossom festival) in Hastings and lamb shagging in CHB.
We would have had a grass rugby ball but for some reason our weather is not good for growing grass...
As far as I'm concerned we're doing sweet f all for the rugby world cup - but does it matter?? We'll be wrapped up in watching the games and hoping the AB's get to the final but economically the region will probably go backwards during the cup rather than forwards. We have two minor games at McLean Park and most of their supporters will be busing down from Rotorua.
It is too late to have something that attracts tourists to the Bay or does it actually matter that we don't have anything of substance? I believe we've missed our opportunity - we had an opportunity 2-3 years ago when there should have been some smart thinking about what HB could have done and how we could have positioned ourselves. I've heard it being harped on that the world cup is an opportunity to leave or start a legacy - what will be the legacy of the Bay? We needed to invest in HB so that those that come here leave with a great impression and tell others to visit (a legacy).