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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.

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