Fans can meet and greet the Tongan rugby league team when they arrive in Auckland, at a special event at the Manukau’s Vodafone Events Centre on Wednesday, 10 October.
The team will head straight to the Vodafone Events Centre to connect with local fans before departing for their training camp.
Mate Ma'a Tonga play the Kangaroos at Mt Smart Stadium over Labour Weekend.
The team will appear at the Vodafone Events Centre, to be welcomed to Auckland, meet fans and chat about the challenge ahead, from 5.30pm – 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 October.
Auckland Councillor Alf Filipaina says the official fan events are great opportunities for fans and families to show their support for Mate Ma’a Tonga ahead of their clash with Australia.
“Bring that MMT passion to Manukau’s Vodafone Events Centre and show the team a sea of red there to welcome them to Tāmaki Makaurau. We want to show our support for the team, but let’s do it in a way that’s respectful in a family-friendly environment.
The welcome event is free and open to all ages.
A second opportunity to meet the team takes place at Mt Smart Stadium on Wednesday 17 October from 3.30pm – 5.30pm.
Mate Ma'a Tonga Fan Day, at Mt Smart Stadium, will include the opportunity to watch the players train, interviews with coach and players, and an opportunity for the team to meet fans. It is free to attend and open to all ages.
- There is no opportunity for fans to see Mate Ma’a Tonga at Auckland Airport – the team will not be passing through the public arrival areas.
- Parking at Manukau’s Vodafone Events Centre will be free for fans attending the team welcome.
- Bags will be checked upon entry to the Vodafone Events Centre; flags and banners are welcome; poles for flags or banners must be 1m or shorter and NOT metal.
- Keep an eye on young children – agree on a meeting place if you get separated or write your mobile number on your child’s arm.