Listen up and loosen up New Zealand.
It’s time to stop whinging about the Rugby World Cup.
You don’t have to understand or even enjoy the sport because it’s not just about the games.
It’s a party, we’re the hosts, we’ve invited visitors, and good manners require us to make them welcome.
We should be doing everything we can to ensure they have a good time and how can we do that if we’re not having a good time too?
Lots of people and communities are doing their best in spite of the doomsayers.
A wee cafe in Riverton has a notice on its wall inviting locals to get into the spirit for the Scottish visitors they’re expecting when Colac Bay hosts its first rugby international against Scotland supporters.
Oamaru is hosting a Golden Oldies tournament. It opens with the Bog Rock Music Fest featuring The Feelers, The Beat Girls, X Factor, The Black Velvet Band and the Winner of The Classic Hits Idol Competition.
The Real New Zealand Festival has dozens of other events that celebrate our art, culture, food and wine, history, sport and everything else we love about our country.
The sponsors have mucked up but that’s no excuse for the rest of us to be negative.
Still not convinced? Then read how Half Pie learned to stop worrying and enjoy the RWC.
When you’ve done that, take a deep breath, accept it’s our party and it will be so much better if we all lighten up and enjoy it.