Hamilton, the last leg of the Secretary-General’s visit to Australia and New Zealand

  • The visit of the FIFA Secretary General to Australia and New Zealand ended in Hamilton / Kerekirwa

  • The delegation visited the host cities for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup

  • Fatma Samoura: “The FIFA World Cup has never had such a rich cultural background”

Hamilton/Kerekirwain New Zealand, was the final stage of the visit by the FIFA delegation to meet with key stakeholders, athletes and government, in the host cities of FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Next year, it was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

A visit to Hamilton, located in the heart of the Waikato region and the fourth largest city in the country, began at the gates of the Waikato traditional stadium. we Maori, who executed him iwi Sweetened. The we It is a protocol challenge where the local tribe is called iwiExplains the reactions of the defiant visitor, whether he came in peace or not.

Once the FIFA delegation led by Fatma Samoura appeared iwi That his intentions were peaceful, Dua Karanga Throughout the stadium, with a capacity of 25,111 spectators. The Karanga It is an exchange of calls between iwi The present is a part of BoheriMaori welcome party.

during the Boheri They sing and dance to welcome visitors. Then IWai Waikato Taino Presented to FIFA Secretary General A Ponamoa carved green stone that has great value and importance in Maori culture and is presented as a symbol of welcome, friendship and peace.

The arena, which has a history of more than 100 years, underwent a $1.3 million renovation in 2019 that included the installation of a state-of-the-art Deso hybrid grass. Using this system, high-performance man-made fibers are woven into the subsoil-grown English turf bonding layer that provides a reinforced natural turf playing surface. The stadium will undergo a maintenance renovation at the end of 2022, in preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The tournament will leave a lasting legacy at the stadium, which includes renovating the changing rooms to provide individual lockers for players and installing the women’s health infrastructure. This legacy will also extend to the training centers, where the changing rooms will be modernized to accommodate the athletes.

Long-term sustainable practices are a priority for the stadium, and a number of measures have been implemented in this regard, including: water flow limiters on all taps and showers; management systems for controlling electricity and energy consumption; Replacing halogen lighting with LED lighting; Free public transportation for all public events with tickets; Night watering to avoid evaporation from the sun.

Maori culture also plays an important role in Waikato Stadium. The carved Whatanoa Gate, which is 15 meters high, commemorates ancient traditions and landmarks Waikato Taino [el pueblo de Tainui]especially from Ngati Wirere hapu (The tribe that inhabited the land on which the Waikato Stadium was built).

HAMILTON, New Zealand - May 11: (from left to right) Paula Southgate, Mayor of Hamilton/Kerekirwa, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Johanna Wood, President of NZ Football at Waikato Stadium as part of a tour of the host city for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup on 11 mayo.  , 2022 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Michael Bradley/FIFA via Getty Images)

And the delegation consisting of Fatima Samoura, Secretary General of FIFA. Joanna Wood, President of the Football Association of New Zealand and a member of the FIFA Council and the Oceania Council; Dave Beachy, Executive Director of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023; Rhiannon Martin, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Project Lead; Jane Patterson, New Zealand Operations Director for the Women’s World Cup 2023, toured the stadium, followed by a meeting with Paula Southgate, Mayor of Hamilton.

The meeting focused on the enthusiasm the competition generated in the city and the positive message and slogan of the event [Beyond Greatness] Contributes, especially to women in the Southern Hemisphere. City representatives have highlighted their passion for football and the fact that the hype around it has reached its peak and many are keen to showcase the Waikato region’s long and rich cultural history to teams and fans.

In the letter ending her visit to Hamilton, Fatima Samoura stated: “This visit was very emotional, since iwi From Waikato he gave me the warmest welcome in the city of rivers, Hamilton. It was truly a great honor to be a part of their cultural traditions and memory PowerI received will stay with me forever. Never before has the FIFA World Cup experienced such a rich cultural background.”

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