SHARING THE LOVE
For Plimmerton’s Moana Lodge the Rugby World Cup turned a normal shoulder season into a peak one. Helen Chipper, who owned Moana Lodge at the time, said she was unusual in not raising her room rates for the cup. ‘‘The Rugby World Cup was great for us because it meant every bed was full every night. ‘‘It generated a lot of goodwill in the community. It was a really special time of celebration as far as we were concerned. ‘‘There was a tremendously good atmosphere among the people of different nations who came. ‘‘To me it wasn’t a commercial boom, but it was good.’’ Accommodation inquiries far exceeded the lodge’s 28-bed capacity and she turned to the local community to accept guests during the cup, charging nothing for the service.