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Fireworks to light up Auckland on RWC opening night

Fireworks which will light up the sky on Friday night for the opening night of Rugby World Cup 2011 are set to rival those set off to mark the new millennium.

Three and a half tonnes of fireworks will mark the beginning of the cup.

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They’ll be positioned on the Sky Tower, four buildings in the CBD, the Auckland Domain, and on four barges on the Waitemata Harbour.

Van Tiel Pyrotechnics spokesman Martin Van Tiel says the fireworks have been given a Kiwi flavour.

He says there’ll be some based on pohutukawa and kowhai flowers, punga trees and kiwis shooting in the sky.

Martin Van Tiel says the display will get underway at eight on opening night. says weather conditions for Friday evening look perfect with a few clouds possible and mild weather conditions for standing outdoors.

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Rob on 11/09/2011 2:33am

What happened to the Kiwi there was supposed to be?

Matt on 11/09/2011 1:05am

Great night to all the people of Auckland nz great fireworks display GREAT GREAT cup welcome made me feel so welcome and felt like a KIWI love you kiwis auckland is such a amazing huge city

Surendra on 8/09/2011 7:09am



I am interested to take photograph of the fireworks display, which is the best place to take photos from…..any recommendation?


Regards   😉

WW Forecast Team on 8/09/2011 7:15am

Hi Surendra,
A couple of good places (if you can find room!) would be down at the Viaduct Harbour/Wynyard quarter – or Devonport.   We’ll have more details in our Weather Video early tomorrow afternoon.|



P.S.  Be sure to send us a few of your best ones when done! 🙂

Nikki on 7/09/2011 12:56am

Hi, do you know what time the fireworks will begin?

WW Forecast Team on 7/09/2011 1:01am

Hi Nikki – media is reporting 8pm and will be the biggest display ever in NZ!

– WW

Guest on 6/09/2011 8:28pm

I don’t remember them – but I do remember it was SOOO foggy sweet FA could be seen (including not being able to see Mt Eden from Mt Eden Road at 06:30 am 1/1/00)

However, the fireworks at the Auckland Anniversary Day festivities a few years ago were WAY cool, so if these are anything like that it should blow some minds!


Guest on 6/09/2011 9:24pm

Yeah I remember the Millenium fireworks display as a huge fizzer. I helped approve the display and there was meant to be a star shell just about 1m in diameter going off. However I never saw it due to fog. To put that in perspective most of the really big star shell explosions you see are using 12″ or 30 cm star shells!

Martin has been around for ages and knows his fireworks, I’m sure it will be awesome.

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