New Zealand is hosting the Rugby World Cup this year.
Rugby is like a religion in NZ and the All Blacks are gods! This is a HUGE deal for everyone here.
Northland, where we live, is hosting the Tongan, Japanese and Canadian teams. With these three teams having red flags the towns have gone for a "Paint it Red' theme and there are all the national flags flying alongside the silver fern and the New Zealand flag. The Canadian team have been busy travelling round local schools. It's been really lovely.
I am going down to the Big Smoke ( Whangarei) on Wednesday to watch Tonga play Canada.
Last night was the opening ceremony and it made me so proud to be a McKiwi. It was simply amazing.
These photos are all from the part of the ceremony that was down at the waterfront in Auckland. I took them with my iphone from the tv!!
The firework display was amazing.
Then there was the opening match. The All Blacks v Tonga. The opening haka and the sipi tau from the Tongans were brilliant! All Blacks won.