Lions tour set to benefit community
It’s gonna be barmy for business when up to 30,000 British and Irish Lions Tour rugby fans head through the South Waikato later this year.
The British and Irish Lions rugby union team, made up of national players from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, will tour New Zealand and play ten games against our top teams from June 3-July 8.
While there are no local games, fans in 1500 to 2000 campervans are expected to follow the team throughout the country. Putaruru’s business community is being proactive about the economic opportunities the travelling fans are likely to bring to the South Waikato, given its central location.
The South Waikato Accord Group, which represents licensed liquor facilities, and Putaruru’s business association Pride of Putaruru, have set up a steering group committee to formulate a plan of how to best accommodate the rugby fans as they travel to and from games in New Zealand’s main centres.
Spokesman Pete Gardner said for three weeks from the June 17 Rotorua game against the Maori All Blacks until the final match against the All Blacks in Auckland on July 8, locals are being asked to do all they can to accommodate fans.
That includes decorating shops with British themes and food.