12 Jul 2010

Rotorua marae plan to host Rugby

10:27 pm on 12 July 2010

As South African towns and cities clean up inn the wake of the Football World Cup, Rotorua's 13 marae are investigating how to tap into next year's Rugby World Cup.

Te Arawa's events organiser, Monty Morrison, says with the sulphur city playing host to three international matches during the six-week tournament, some of the thousands of visitors could be accommodated on marae.

He says as well as being an affordable sleeping place for the night, the marae also offers visitors a chance for cultural interaction.

"It's about things we do well as Maori, and manaakitanga, tiakitanga."

Mr Morrison says marae representatives will meet next weekend to discuss their plans.