Queenstown Lakes District 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) co-ordinator Jono Sutherland has wasted no time bringing the district's plans up to date with other centres, proudly reporting: "we're not behind now".
Rugby World Cup 2011
A storm may be brewing over the Queenstown Recreation Ground before two Rugby World Cup teams use it for training later this year, less than a month after the Parklife Invitational snow event is held there.
Dunedin pupils will be making global connections in coming months as they use the All Blacks to link with other rugby-playing nations.
Stadium collapse, terrorism, a snowfall causing transport mayhem, a norovirus or flu outbreak and large numbers of drunk people are just some of the scenarios considered by emergency planners in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup.
Rugby may be considered a minor sport at home but Romania is still able to compete above its weight in the European Nations Cup.
A business "matchmaking" initiative is one way organisers hope to make the most of influential business executives travelling to Dunedin for the Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand will spend more than $1.2 billion in investments backing the Rugby World Cup - against $700 million in direct economic returns.
Just five months from the Rugby World Cup, Dunedin faces a formidable planning challenge, not least working out how to host an estimated more than 15,000 supporters before and after matches.
The Kiwi tradition of a sausage sizzle to raise money for a junior rugby team will have to make way for the marketing rights of big business during the Rugby World Cup - at least in an exclusive 500m "clean zone" around the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The Southern delicacy the Bluff Oyster could make a later than normal appearance in Invercargill as Venture Southland tries to extend the harvesting season for the Rugby World Cup.
The Dunedin City Council has its own plans to set up marquees in the city for the Rugby World Cup, despite telling Octagon bars they could not do the same there.
A giant 3D screen may be erected at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium to show the final four games at this year's World Cup.
The Rugby World Cup is expected to cause a spike in big-spending international visitors to Dunedin, a report shows.
The use of cruise ships to reduce the squeeze on Dunedin accommodation providers during the Rugby World Cup has been investigated and ruled out by Tourism Dunedin.
Fans at the Rugby World Cup will have to use Mastercard prepaid cards or cash when buying food at drink at most of the stadiums used in the tournament.
The sale of Government luxury cars may be delayed to allow overseas dignitaries to use then during the Rugby World Cup, it has been revealed.
Details of restrictions in Dunedin surrounding advertising "clean zones" and "clean routes" during the Rugby World Cup will become clear in the next few weeks.
What is most striking about the proposed temporary Maori pavilion on Auckland's waterfront for the Rugby World Cup is some of the reported public reaction.
Funds from grants and sponsorships will be needed to top up the $85,000 pledged by the Lottery Grants Board for three Rugby World Cup events in Queenstown.
With five months to go before the Rugby World Cup, and final decisions made on who will be playing where, the Dunedin City Council is picking up the pace of its planning for the event.