Fourteen years of dedication to the Wellington Sevens has seen Waitangi Mika crowned its ultimate fan for 2014.
The Aucklander, who originally hails from Lower Hutt, did not believe it when first told.
"It's my 40th birthday and I thought it was a stitch-up. I thought the boys were trying to get back at me for something," he said yesterday.
Levi Asifa'amatala of Samoa charges forward during the Pool C match between Samoa and South Africa.
Adam Thomas of Wales scores a try in the tackle of Nathan Hirayama of Canada.
Frankie Horne of South Africa runs the ball.
ama Fou of Australia runs into score during the Pool D match between Portugal and Australia.
Duarte Moreira and Pedro Bettencourt of Portugal secure the ball during the Pool D match between Portugal and Australia.
RUNAWAY: Mat Turner of England makes a break past the defence of Tomasi Cama of New Zealand on his way to scoring a try.
New Zealand's DJ Forbes is tackled by England's Tom Powell.
New Zealand's Kurt Baker is tackled by England's Marcus Watson.
Belgium Tuatagaloa of the All Blacks Sevens makes a break during the Pool A match between New Zealand and Spain.
New Zealand's Ben Lam in action in their game with Australia.
New Zealand's Ben Lam in action fends off an Australian attack.
New Zealand's Lote Raikabula tackles Australia's Martin Chiappeson.
New Zealand's Ben Lam in action.
New Zealand's Ben Lam is tackled by Australia's Pama Fou.
Kenya celebrate after defeating New Zealand in the Cup semifinal.
A dejected New Zealand sevens team, led by captain DJ Forbes, trudge off Westpac Stadium after losing to Kenya in the semifinal.
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Mr Mika has donned his surgeon scrubs and travelled to Wellington for every sevens tournament except the first one in 2000.
Costumed Sevens fans, left to right, Shaun Blaygrove, Craig Cogan, Andrew Robinson, and Alistair Henwood.
Tui cans and a breathalyzer, left to right, Matt Lewis, Sam Phillips, Damien Cameron, Andrew Cameron, and Pete Rathod.
Costumed Sevens fans hit the city early.
Dressed as Patrick and Spongebob Squarepants are, from left, Sue and Paul Smith from Nelson.
A group of Fruit Bursts leaving for the Sevens.
Kylie Achilles and Travers Hart arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Simon and Charlotte McGillen arrive at Westpac Stadium, dressed as anime characters Goku and Sailor Moon.
The Avengers, or at least, an Iron Man and two Captain Americas.
Aaron Coxon, Krishan Roy, Bashneel Narayan, Sandeep Kumar, and Raajal Nand arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Travis Leippi and Frank Keating arrive at Westpac Stadium in two of the more common costume varieties.
Sean Moss and Jason Tinker barely squeeze into Westpac Stadium.
Abbie and Tom Featherston reenact the famous V-J Day photo as they arrive at Westpac Stadium.
A group of Sherrifs arrive, determined to clean up the place.
A group of Care Bears arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Sevens fans arrive at Westpac Stadium in Zebra-based costumes.
A group of iPod Nanos arrive at Westpac Stadium, complete with earbuds.
A blue mass of Sullys from the film Monsters Inc arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Thomas Brown of Inglewood arrives at Westpac Stadium as a Shuttlecock. Wrong sport!
Tim Burton fans Darren Ainsley and Fraser Smith arrive at Westpac Stadium.
No, this isn't an intricate group costume, it's the police presence on the Westpac Stadium concourse.
Iron Man Alexis Banas and Captain America Paul Anderson, of both Auckland and The Avengers.
Once again, some big babies arrive at Westpac Stadium.
The Harlem Globetrotters arrive at Westpac Stadium, ready to play the wrong type of ball.
Critics call Sevens fans "mindless" all the time, but we doubt this is what they had in mind.
Whacky Waving Inflatable Arm-flailing Tubemen, along with some runners.
Di Clarke and Al Cameron bring some comic-book fun to Westpac Stadium.
Geoff and Nathaniel Moug arrive as twin Mr. Potato Heads.
A group of Oommpa Loommpa's arrive.
Loren, Paula and Holly Collins arrive as a group of Ariels from The Little Mermaid.
The "Bathtub Girls" arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Snow Globes from all over the world arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Kelly Miller, Laura Nolan, Cat Scannell, Bayley Paukau, Teresa O'Neil and Helena Reynolds of Wales arrive as Trolls.
Iron Men, or two Iron Mans, arrive at Westpac Stadium.
A school of clown fish arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Exit Signs Stanley Clark and Morgan Tiibin.
Mayans arrive, postponing the apocalypse till Sunday.
A group of Nadzeya Ostapchuks arrive.
The 'Hottie Scotties' get a little cheeky.
Brooke Johnson, Jaala Goodwin, Lara Bird, Katrina Carter, and Erin Murphy arrive on the concourse, Disney style.
Levin Scrabble pieces arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Emma Hickey, Caitlin De Charmoy, Shannon Mayhew, Marion Kennedy and Victoria Wallace arrive as piñatas, we assume.
Quick! Get Mark Shand and Katie Martin on TradeMe.
A Sevens fan inside Westpac Stadium.
A group of Luigis are invaded by an Elmo.
Traffic lights ask us to stop inside Westpac Stadium.
Clowning around inside Westpac Stadium.
SWAT team members from left, Glen Whitton, Rob McQuilkin and Anthobny Statham had to leave their imitation firearms at the gate.
Crowd at the Wellington Sevens, Westpac Stadium.
Lizi Oldham and Kylie Crisp arrive at Westpac Stadium as 50 Shades of Grey.
Dominion Post General Manager Gerard Watt strutting his stuff.
Mark O'Connor and Kent Stead arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Terry and May Moore plug in to the Sevens.
Carl Johnson, Alex Macek, Rory Milne, and Joel Baker arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Rubix Cubes Jordan Gove and Ashley Clarke.
Maria Misehka and Manuel Porcel arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Kathy Tipler and Chris Parkin bring some elegant refinement into the Sevens.
Anna Riddler, Kelly Morrison, and Moana McRae arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Simon Wood and son Reuben arrive.
¡Hola! A group of wrestlers arrive.
Kevin Stevens is more than just a man.
The Sandwich Crew arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the stadium.
Priscilla Iain Hay and his sister Jennifer Hay arrive.
Steve Morgan arrives as Winston Peters.
The Pavlova Girls, from left, Jess Hunt, Penny Gambitsis, and Natacha Sanguinett.
The Little White Lies inside the stadium.
Four rarities party inside the stadium.
Sasha Wycherley gives Maggie MacLean a mean right hook, sparring ahead of the Sevens.
Speed cameras (we assume) party within Westpac Stadium.
We feel you, sister, we feel you.
Edward Scissorhands wants YOU!
The Ooompa Loompas went a little crazy once they were freed.
A fan attempts to match his seat colour at the Wellington Sevens.
Gemma Easton(paris) leads the Snow Globes onto the turf after winning the Supreme Award of the DomPost Costume Competition.
He was a founding member of a group of mates who called themselves "ER" (The Eric Rush Supporters Unit), before adopting the name "Doctours".
"It's a nod to the fact we're a bunch of boys on tour. The last 10 years we've road-tripped down," he said.
Members have come and gone. This year, there will be 16 Doctours in the stands at Westpac Stadium, although there have been as many as 29 in previous years. "It's always just the boys so it's easy to arrange. We don't take forever to get our hair done or anything like that."
ON TOUR: Waitangi Mika, front, and members of the ‘‘Doctours’’ getting ready to breathe some life into the Wellington Sevens. Mr Mika won this year’s ultimate fan contest.
Mr Mika said he and his mates kept coming back to the sevens because nothing compared to its atmosphere.
Although the group was big on respecting the rules, one of his most memorable moments at the tournament was in 2005 when one of the Doctours ran out on to the field to help an injured Tongan player.
"He had a kitbag so he looked the part. He made it all the way to the 22 [line] and helped the player up, then ran back into the crowd . . . it was unbelievable that he made it that far."
Tim Leaupepe said he nominated his mate because he was one of the "godfathers" of the Doctours, along with fellow founding member Bryan Marsh.
"They organise everything, from where we're going to stay right down to our lunches," he said.
"There's been about 80 Doctours over the years and I don't think there would have even been a group to begin with if it wasn't for them."
Mr Mika wins a signed New Zealand sevens jersey, the chance to watch a sevens match from the sideline with a friend, and accommodation at the James Cook Hotel.