An open letter to the NZRFU and CRU

September 9th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

A reader has asked me to blog this open letter to the NZ Football Union and Canterbury Union:

Gentlemen.

As we are all aware the people of Canterbury have suffered a terrible disaster, many are operating on adrenalin alone, many face weeks if not months of uncertainty and disruption.

Both the NZRU and the CRU are in an almost unique situation where you can offer the people of Canterbury a brief respite from their woes, with that in mind I have a suggestion.

On the 25th of September you have an afternoon game scheduled between Canterbury and Wellington, why not make attendance at this game free of charge for anybody who wants to come along.

Why not offer the people of Canterbury the chance to forget their problems for a couple of hours, perhaps you could take around donation buckets for those who wish to contribute to the mayoral fund, no pressure should be put on anybody to contribute and many of those who turn up will have lost everything, however there will be others who can and would donate.

Use could be made of returning or retired All Blacks, those who are not playing (from both teams) should be encouraged to walk among the crowd and spend some time chatting with the people.

I would also like you to speak with the Breweries and the soft drink companies, why not offer them the chance to do something great, why not offer them the chance to give everybody who turns up a free beer or soft drink.

Ideally we would have the All Black captain there and he would present Mayor Bob Parker with a cheque from the team, this would be an amazing gesture and one that would gain back many of the fans the All Blacks have lost over the years.

So there it is Gentlemen, how about you take up the challenge, why not show us that Rugby is not just about money these days, why not show all of us that the game of Rugby is still the game of the people.

I think it is a great idea, and hope it is given serious consideration.

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19 Responses to “An open letter to the NZRFU and CRU”

  1. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    You know what, if the NZRFU REALLY wanted to make a difference to Canterbury, they could fuck off and build their own stadium and let us have Lancaster Park back for cricket.

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  2. Inventory2 (10,342 comments) says:

    Fantastic idea; wish I’d thought of it myself!

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  3. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Thank you. :-)

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  4. wikiriwhis business (4,019 comments) says:

    I see Air New Zealand sent a private correspondence to Paul Henry announcing free travel and tonnes of aid for Chch.

    He read the letter on air.

    But I don’t know how Cantabrians were sposed to know if ANZ didn’t publicise the initiative.

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  5. Lipo (229 comments) says:

    I have another fantastic idea

    Why not let the people of Canterbury forget their problems by asking Pak n Save to contribute, and why not make any goods purchased from their store free for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
    People could take around donation buckets for those who wish to make a contribution

    Hey what about Farmers or McDonalds, they could all offer their stuff for free to

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  6. Lawrence Hakiwai (119 comments) says:

    How about letting them charge – take a collection from the punters and give all the money raised on the day to the Mayoral Relief Fund.

    That’d be a lot more useful than free day out for Christchurch.

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  7. Akaroa (558 comments) says:

    “Attendance free of charge’? Yeah right!

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  8. si_rangi (60 comments) says:

    Bring the Hong Kong Bledisloe cup there as well. They have only sold 10,000 tickets in Hong Kong. It would be a sell out and the NZRFU could donate the procceds to the MRF.

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  9. CraigM (694 comments) says:

    It is great to see people making positive suggestions that are actually do-able.

    It is so easy to be negative and indeed some people just have an automatic negativity switch that they are unable to control, don’t they MNIJ.

    If anyone else wants to email the open letter or otherwise encourage the NZRU/Canterbury RU to do something for the people of CHCH the contact links are below.

    http://www.nzru.co.nz/ContactDetails/tabid/1197/Default.aspx
    http://www.canterburyrugby.co.nz/net/contact/enquiry-form.aspx

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  10. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    CraigM, I am not being negative, I positively hate rugby. With a passion. It is a game invented for, and mostly played by, graduates of Private School Buggery.

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  11. Akaroa (558 comments) says:

    Re: MyNameIsJack’s comment at 1142 am.

    Jack, that may be so in the still-class-ridden backwaters of the UK, but it ain’t like that here in Gods Own Country.

    Whilst on the subject, one might add that it’s the same with golf – which in NZ is universally played without deference to school, social or financial standing. (Or any other sport for that matter – even race-horse ownership).

    Time to leave the nineteenth century and its social strait-jackets behind you Jack!

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  12. JC (958 comments) says:

    Buggered if I’d want to be in a big crowd anywhere near a big structure in Chch anytime soon.

    JC

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  13. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    A brand-new stadium designed to the latest loadings standards should by rights be one of the safest buildings in Chch to be in.

    But I agree with some of the other commentators here, “Dear Sir, please provide a whole lot of your product for free” is a lot to ask.

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  14. Fot (252 comments) says:

    It is a lot to ask RRM, but, you never know until to ask that question.

    I think you might be surprised.

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  15. flipper (4,084 comments) says:

    Mynameisjack…
    So, little man, what will a return to your much vaunted Victory Park Trust Board (owners of Lancaster Park) achieve?
    That (the VPTB) was a self perpetuating oligarchy which, in effect, went belly-up.

    Exhortations, to return to the past are free. Dealing with reality in 2010 is somewhat different.

    Please, ‘Jack, go back to sleep.

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  16. Lipo (229 comments) says:

    CraigM
    It is easy to be positive spending other people’s money

    If the NZRU want to do someting off their own bat then good on them

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  17. kiwi in america (2,454 comments) says:

    Fantastic idea and good on ya for blogging it David. I had 4 days in Chch arriving the Friday night before the quake and it was the most frightening thing to experience and the ongoing aftershocks became so ingrained after 4 days that I had a few phantom aftershocks the first night back in quake free Arizona!

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  18. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    Not convinced, sounds a bit close to freeloading to me. If NZRFU and CRU came to that plan themselves then I would be fully supportive but a bit embarrassed to be caught in the “we’ve had a disaster so deserve free shit” approach. Although by goodness we could do with a break from aftershocks – and a region wide 8 hours unbroken sleep!

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  19. Lawrence Hakiwai (119 comments) says:

    How about moving the Hong Kong Bledisloe Cup game to Twickenham/Paris/Cardiff – where ever they’d good a good crowd – and use the proceeds of that to help out Christchurch.

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