Tamati Coffey in Tauranga: venue changed

By Michele Hunter

A chance for Western Bay rugby fans to have their photo taken with the legendary Webb Ellis Cup will be available in Tauranga tomorrow morning as Breakfast weatherman Tamati Coffey broadcasts live from Tauranga.
Due to forecast wet weather, the Rugby World Cup Roadshow event will now be held at the Cargo Shed on Dive Crescent instead of on The Strand.
The Rugby World Cup Roadshow will roll into town at 6.30am on a custom-designed 72m truck, featuring interactive displays and videos on world cup history and legends.
Until 9.30am Western Bay residents will have the opportunity to see and be photographed with the Webb Ellis Cup, while the two best-dressed fans will have the chance to win tickets to a Rugby World Cup match.
Fans are invited to show their support for Fiji - the team Tauranga is hosting during the tournament - by wearing Fiji team colours.
The REAL Tauranga Festival will also offer the chance to have a go at a range of adventure tourism activities such as blo-karting and stand-up paddle boarding.
Tauranga City Council events delivery manager Penny Mitropoulos said the events were a chance for Western Bay residents to find what is happening in the region during the World Cup celebrations.
"It doesn't really happen very often and I think we're proud of our city so we really want to showcase it the best that we can so that when we go live (on television) people know that Tauranga will be a great host."
The Tauranga Boys' College Jazz Combo will be setting the scene with early morning jazz while visitors will have the chance to catch a ride on a motorised couch and eat a sausage cooked on Australasia's biggest barbecue.

Children from the YMCA will be on The Strand dressed in Fijian team colours and with Fijian banners and there will be a kapa haka performance.
The RWC 2011 Roadshow will visit 27 towns and cities across the country this month in the lead up to the World Cup in September.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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