mattwnz:sbiddle:mattwnz:What do you mean britomart? Do you mean Aucklands 3rd world rail system. That is a disaster.
Auckland doesn't have a 3rd world railway system - from my experience one thing many 3rd world countries have is a?reliable railway system, in part because it's the only way people can get around.
That is a good point. That s why they should have had most if the big games in Wellington if they weren't planning on upgrading the auckalnd transport network in time. Wellington does have NZ best public transport system. The size of the stadium is largely irrelevent, as most viewer watch it on TV, which is where the world cup organisation makes it's money. And it would have been a lot cheaper than rebuilding that white elephant called eden park, which is still a mismatch of stands.
However the biggest disppointment plant night was the crap opening game, which has to be the worst opening games in the history of the world cup. Normally you have two teams of similar quality, so it should have been NZ v France at least(as they are in the same pool), which also would have been bitter sweet, as france often beats NZ at world cups. Also I beleive the final in 1987 was NZ vs france so that would have been a far more logical opening game. Tonga is a 3rd tier team, which played well for their ability, but they are not in the world class realm. Just one of many poor decisions and missed opportunities. Perhaps the organisers ddn't want to see NZ beaten again by france in the opening?
The Auckland rail system was supposed to be upgraded in time but as the Gov is based in Wellywood they decided not to and put the money into it doing Wellingtons instead..
PS. The Maori World Cup opening went well. Didn't matter about the rest of NZs culture..