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Parliament, a concert and a food festival scheduled for Black Ferns' victory tour

By Ned Lester
Ayesha Leti-l'iga celebrates with fans during the Black Ferns' Rugby World Cup 2021 fan reception. Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The world champion Black Ferns’ victory tour schedule has been released and will see the team spend 13 days exploring the nation and meeting fans in a variety of settings.

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The hype around the Kiwi team snowballed throughout the six-week World Cup, fans sold out nearly every match the local side played in as the highlight plays and personalities infected the rugby public and beyond.

The initial celebrations took place the morning following the World Cup final and the Ferns have since had a well-deserved two-week break – where a number of players received their own local parades and celebrations in their respective hometowns.

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The players returned home with an extra $25,000 in pocket courtesy of a performance bonus.

In addition to the planned celebrations, Greymouth will be treated to a guest appearance by hometown hero Ruby Tui in their Christmas parade Saturday while Rarotonga and Samoa have each had visits from Maiakawanakaukani Roos and Theresa Fitzpatrick respectively.

A parade had been discussed in Wellington but sports minister Grant Robertson had cited timing as an issue and noted it was more of a local council matter. Evidently, it was decided a reception at Parliament was a more feasible option.

The 12-stops on the tour look to interact with as many of the 1.2 million Kiwis who tuned into the World Cup Final last month as possible.

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The “Thank you Aoteara Tour” starts Monday, with players’ attendance to be confirmed.

Bay of Plenty

Date: Monday 5 December

Time: 4pm

Details: Rip Rugby Finals Night at Omokoroa Sports Ground, Omokoroa

Hamilton

Date: Tuesday 6 December

Time: 3.30pm

Details: A public Meet and Greet at Hamilton Old Boys Rugby Club, Hamilton

New Plymouth

Date: Wednesday 7 December

Time: 4pm

Details: Skills and Drills at Yarrow Stadium

Palmerston North

Date: Thursday 8 December

Time: 3.30pm

Details: A public Meet and Greet at The Square, Palmerston North

Christchurch

Date: Saturday 10 December

Time: from 4.30pm

Details: Players to make an appearance at the Six60 concert at OrangeTheory Stadium

Christchurch

Date: Monday 12 December

Time: 4pm

Details: A public Meet and Greet at Victoria Squad, Christchurch

Wellington

Date: Tuesday 13 December

Time: 12pm

Details: Public reception at New Zealand Parliament Building

Ruatoki

Date: Wednesday 14 December

Time: 11am

Details: A public Meet and Greet and Fun Day at Tiwi Black Park, Ruatoki

Whakatane

Date: Thursday 15 December

Details: To be confirmed

Omaio

Date: Friday 16 December

Time: 2pm

Details: An event to be held at the ?t?whare Marae

Gisborne

Date: Saturday 17 December

Time: 4pm

Details: A public Meet and Greet at the Grey St Food Festival, Gisborne

Auckland

Date: Sunday 18 December

Time: 12pm

Details: Meet and Greet at the World Schools Sevens at Pakuranga Rugby Club

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