Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says the controversial Rugby World Cup waka he is backing has support in Dunedin.
Rugby World Cup 2011
Queenstown has received a "five-star tourism rating" from some of the world's leading rugby players ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Jono Sutherland, of Queenstown, has been appointed the Lakes district's Rugby World Cup co-ordinator and will assume the role from April 18.
A larger-than-life statue of Michael Jones diving to score the 1987 Rugby World Cup's first try will be displayed at the redeveloped Eden Park for this year's event.
Opera singer Jud Arthur is to sing in Ranfurly later this year in an event associated with the Rugby World Cup.
A Dunedin bar owner has renewed calls for large marquees to be allowed in the Octagon during this year's Rugby World Cup, after news the city will host an extra match.
Nearly $500,000 will be pumped into the Otago economy this year for a wide variety of events set to take place during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Dunedin and Invercargill Hospitals will soon have plans completed for dealing with expected extra work resulting from the Rugby World Cup events.
Dunedin could be flush with royals during the Rugby World Cup, after revelations officials have been scouting for luxury accommodation in the city.
Dunedin will be under even more pressure to accommodate the thousands of rugby fans expected to visit for the Rugby World Cup as organisers confirmed the city will now play host to four matches.
Tickets for the two new Rugby World Cup games to be played at Forsyth Barr Stadium will be available in July but it is too early to say how many and at what price they will be available.
Dunedin will host the England team, giving the city an extra Rugby World Cup game, and all four matches in the city will be played at the yet-to-be-completed Forsyth Barr Stadium, it has been confirmed this afternoon.
Dunedin is expected to be announced today as the venue for the enticing clash between England and Argentina in the Rugby World Cup, with the English side set to be based in the city for more than three weeks.
The All Blacks could christen the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin this July. Fiji could play the All Blacks in what would be the first game in the new covered stadium.
Rugby New Zealand has promised to keep as many World Cup matches in the South Island as possible despite the announcement today that quake-ravaged Christchurch will not be able to play host.
Dunedin will almost certainly gain an extra Rugby World Cup match following the decision to move fixtures from Christchurch.
A growing range of official All Blacks items being sold ahead of the Rugby World Cup risks cheapening the heritage of the emblem, former All Black Michael Jones says.
Any extra revenue gained from moving two Rugby World Cup quarterfinals away from quake-hit Christchurch is likely to be absorbed by the extra costs of the shift and playing some of the city's pool games in smaller South Island centres.
Accusations the Government raised false hope about the prospect of holding the Rugby World Cup in Christchurch are not true, Prime Minister John Key says.
The decision that Christchurch should not to host Rugby World Cup games will leave many in the already quake-devastated city "gutted", Mayor Bob Parker said today.