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No Famili-zone this weekend

Published: 22 November 2017

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board is encouraging rugby league fans to head to Mt Smart Stadium this weekend having decided not to host another Famili-Zone in its area. 

“Having spoken with all those involved in Saturday night’s event in Ōtāhuhu – while it was a great night – it was pulled together at very short notice with a lot of support from volunteers and community leaders and there isn’t the capacity to do that again,” says local board chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene.

She says the resources and facilities for fans are all at Mt Smart and it will be a great atmosphere. 

“Our board stepped in last week because we sensed something needed to happen and we are grateful to the Ōtāhuhu business Association for pulling it together for us, but were clear at the community meeting we could not commit to any additional events.”

The local board is aware that the Tongan Community Committee has met this week and is keen for a similar activity for this weekend’s semi-final but on a much larger scale.

“If the group wants to put something on, that’s up to them and we may consider providing some support if we are satisfied they have all the right things in place to run a safe and successful event, but we will not be hosting it.”

Meanwhile Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), which made a modest contribution to the weekend’s Famili-Zone event, have no plans for any fan zones for the semi-final.

Instead it encouraged people to support their teams by going to the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Fan Day at Sky City yesterday and to go Mt Smart or watch Saturday night’s game at one of the many local businesses that will be showing the match.