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Eight men’s and eight women’s teams from around the globe have converged on the town for the event which runs until January 23.
The tournament functions as a remodelled pathway for both world championships events, to be held in March.
"It’s arguably the fastest growing winter sport in the world.
"With teams from 14 countries from around the world causing a major influx into the village, we’re excited."
Each team had numerous practice sessions on the opening day across all four sheets of the playing rink.
Hometown hero Anton Hood will line up for the Kiwis after his triumph with the juniors.
New Zealand men’s skipper Scott Becker said their success had galvanised the seniors.
"They have shown us if you work hard and play your shots anything can happen.
In the opening women’s round-robin games, Hungary proved too strong for Poland, winning 11-5, and Brazil came from behind to beat Estonia 10-6.
Finland edged Hong Kong 8-7 and, after a tight tussle for most of their encounter, China eventually overpowered New Zealand 12-5.
The New Zealand women will face Estoniathis morning, and their male counterparts play Poland this afternoon.