Why did I volunteer? Well there are several reasons, Firstly, I love the work I do as a guide for Auckland Tourism, I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and this would be an extension of that. Secondly, I am very proud of New Zealand and my city, Auckland, and wanted to show it in a good light, make our visitors feel welcome and help make the event a success. And lastly, I wanted to be a part of the buzz and excitement surrounding it all.
Just volunteering did not mean you were accepted. There was an interview process to go through and after acceptance the allocation of a role appropriate to your skills. My role is as a Festival Host and I am eagerly looking forward to this role. Next we were measured for the uniform, still enticingly top secret at that stage. Then there were 9 lessons to be completed via the internet and at the end an exam requiring a 100% pass mark. That sounds harsh but to be honest if you had completed the lessons it wasn't too challenging. Then there were 3 more role specific lessons delivered via the internet, an afternoon of training at Auckland University of Technology and another at Sky City Convention Centre. Accreditation photos were taken, we visited The Cloud and Shed 10, the two major features of Auckland's Fanzone and walked the 4.7km Fan Trail to Eden Park, Auckland's premier rugby stadium where the major games of the tournament will be played. So, all in all, it was comprehensive, top class, training.
|Watching a game on TV during a meal break. I'm 3rd from right top row.|
Finally, it was time to collect our uniforms, in shades of turquiose and teal they stand out in a crowd and reflect the sea, sky and paua shells of New Zealand. We are all delighted with them. Then our rosters arrived and, at last, we were ready, willing and raring to go. Bring it on!!