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The 2011 NZI Wellington Sevens

Beware, photo overload follows.

Friday and Saturday were spent at the Wellington Seven’s tournament, a sporting event that is really just an excuse for a huge costume party. Keryn and I are generally far too reserved for dressing up (unless we’re on holiday with like minded people) so it was just as well we were going with four others who were both more willing and better organised than ourselves.

Travis and Sophie ended up buying most of the costumes which you’ll see later on. Any reservations I had about heading into down dressed up as a colourful yet clinched Hawaiian were thrown out the window at Mana station where we caught our train in to the city, a bunch of Tui boys and two tennis players the start of what turned out to be a weekend of costume invention.

We arrived at Wellington Station and headed out the front to catch the end of the Sevens fashion parade, and the photos started being taken. It was then on to the stadium concourse where we stopped for a while to watch and photograph the people walking by.

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Straight away the tone for the day is set.

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Pohutukawa girls on the catwalk.

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Hmm, the costumes often bordered on the strange.

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Plenty of beautiful people.

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One line from a foosball table.

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There were kids as well.

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And gingerbread men.

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An array of characters.

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Often referencing culture, some Black Swans.

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Everyone watching.

Inside the stadium there were plenty of things to keep people entertained outside of the sport and the people watching. There were AirNZ staff giving out necklaces of beads for kisses (and plenty of people, usually guys, going around exchanging beads for more kisses), a few action events including dodge-ball and giant hamster wheels. Of course there were plenty of places to buy food and drink. I had thought that wandering around inside the stadium would be the way to get good photos of all the people but in the end it was much simpler to stay in one spot most of the time at our seats and watch people from there.

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The flash runs on the wheel.

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Still early, the games on the pitch have started.

We watched people, wandered a little, talked, ate, drank, cheered and occasionally watched some rugby. This was pretty much the recipe for the next day and a half. Keryn, Lydia and Will arrived in the evening after work on the first day and we we all arrived within a half hour of each other on the Saturday. New Zealand won the rugby tournament which put everyone into a great mood. We also caught up with Marty and Bevan who we used to work with all those years ago at the Warehouse. The rest, you can just look at the photos.

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Each team had a set of cheerleaders who were in a public vote to win $7000. We were sat in the Canadian section.

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Next door were the Kenyan supporters.

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It’s a pity there wasn’t an Italian team.

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The New Zealand cheerleaders (and many others) were dressed as Crazy Horse gang members from the movie Boy.

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As you’d expect people were largely happy to have their photo taken.

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The rugby wasn’t all going NZs way on the first day, but they still won all their games.

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The crowd gets enthused.

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Taking a call.

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It’s not every day you see Wolverine talking to Zorro and his missus.

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They’re not talking about food.

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A troll needs his club.

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The Argentinian team took a shine to one of their cheerleaders during the parade of nations.

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Cheerleaders during the parade of nations.

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There we are ready to go in for day two.

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Supporting team England.

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My favourite costume.

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The lads and a friend.

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A costumed relay race that was hilarious.

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I think she had lost her casino friends.

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Bevan, Lydia and Marty.

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The England team head in to get their runners up medals.

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Celebrating victory.

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Seven hakas were performed to thank the crowd.

There are plenty of photos on Flickr, you can check out our here: 2011 Wellington Sevens photos on Flickr, or click through the gallery below:

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