Kick-off before kick-off in Christchurch

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It’s goodbye to Auckland and a welcome return to my hometown of Christchurch during an all-too fleeting stay in my native land.

Due to an embargo, the subject of my visit to New Zealand will have to wait until Monday, but let’s just say that it’s an inspirational story with a unique Kiwi component. Many of them in fact.

I will also bring a pictorial report on Auckland Airport next week; what a tremendous job the airport commercial team and its partners have done in departures. As world class as the country’s famous rugby team with some touchpoints of remarkable distinction. More soon.

Out in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand you could ever hope to discover. Where is it? All will be revealed next week.
Auckland Airport: Outstanding commercial offer in departures

As a rugby aficionado and a lifelong All Blacks fan, the timing of my visit couldn’t haven’t been any better. As mentioned in my last Blog, the Rugby World Cup has just kicked off in Japan and just about every kiwi from newborn child to old-age pensioner is tuned into the fortunes of national side, the All Blacks, who are pursuing an unprecedented third successive tournament triumph (#AllBlacks3peat).

At Auckland Airport, therefore, I couldn’t resist having my picture taken outside Lagardère Travel Retail’s brilliant Offical All Blacks Store, where I caught up with Lagardère Travel Retail General Manager Grzegorz Cuber.

Grzegorz is a great guy and told me excitedly on Thursday that Lagardère Travel Retail was also opening an Official All Blacks Store at Christchurch Airport the next day – as it happened, my very destination for the weekend.

I’m happy to report that I duly broke the story and can confirm what a tremendous store it is. Tonight, the All Blacks kick off their quest for a triple triumph against their fiercest foe. Who will win? Well, you know that The Moodie Davitt Report prides itself on our analysis. And I’m projecting a 17-point victory… (#AllBlacks3peat)

Bringing it all back home. Outside the brand-new All Blacks Official Store at Christhchurch Airport.