Fan No 1 returns with the boys in tow

22:01, Feb 06 2014
Wellington sevens parade
Batucada dancers take to Lambton Quay.
Wellington sevens parade
The New Zealand sevens team relaxes ahead of the parade.
Wellington sevens parade
Samoan dancers pose for a photo.
7s heroes
City Fitness superheroes
canada
The Canadian team soaks up the atmosphere in Wellington.
fijin
Dancers bring some Fijian flavour to proceedings ... along with international man of mystery, Austin Powers
Wellington sevens parade
A dancer joins the party.
kenya
Perennial crowd favourites Kenya hit town during the parade.
Wellington sevens parade
Can can dancers add some flourish to proceedings.
Wellington sevens parade
And here comes the brass.
Wellington sevens parade
Samoan dancers celebrate.
Wellington sevens parade
DJ Forbes gives an interview during the parade.
Wellington sevens parade
The Portuguese team looking orderly and ready for action.
Wellington sevens parade
The English team enjoying themselves.
Wellington sevens parade
The Canadian team gets into the party atmosphere.
Wellington sevens parade
Crowds of people line the streets to see the parade.

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.

Wellington Sevens
Levi Asifa'amatala of Samoa charges forward during the Pool C match between Samoa and South Africa.
Wellington Sevens
Adam Thomas of Wales scores a try in the tackle of Nathan Hirayama of Canada.
Wellington Sevens
Frankie Horne of South Africa runs the ball.
Wellington Sevens 2013 rugby action
ama Fou of Australia runs into score during the Pool D match between Portugal and Australia.
Wellington Sevens 2013 rugby action
Duarte Moreira and Pedro Bettencourt of Portugal secure the ball during the Pool D match between Portugal and Australia.
New Zealand Sevens
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 Sevens
New Zealand's DJ Forbes is tackled by England's Tom Powell.
New Zealand Sevens
New Zealand's Kurt Baker is tackled by England's Marcus Watson.
Belgium Tuatagaloa
Belgium Tuatagaloa of the All Blacks Sevens makes a break during the Pool A match between New Zealand and Spain.
Belgium Tuatagaloa
New Zealand's Ben Lam in action in their game with Australia.
Belgium Tuatagaloa
New Zealand's Ben Lam in action fends off an Australian attack.
Belgium Tuatagaloa
New Zealand's Lote Raikabula tackles Australia's Martin Chiappeson.
Belgium Tuatagaloa
New Zealand's Ben Lam in action.
Belgium Tuatagaloa
New Zealand's Ben Lam is tackled by Australia's Pama Fou.
Kenya
Kenya celebrate after defeating New Zealand in the Cup semifinal.
DJ Forbes
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.

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Wellington Sevens 2013: Costumes
Costumed Sevens fans, left to right, Shaun Blaygrove, Craig Cogan, Andrew Robinson, and Alistair Henwood.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Costumes
Tui cans and a breathalyzer, left to right, Matt Lewis, Sam Phillips, Damien Cameron, Andrew Cameron, and Pete Rathod.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Costumes
Costumed Sevens fans hit the city early.
Wellington Sevens costume
Dressed as Patrick and Spongebob Squarepants are, from left, Sue and Paul Smith from Nelson.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Fruit Bursts leaving for the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens costume
Kylie Achilles and Travers Hart arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Simon and Charlotte McGillen arrive at Westpac Stadium, dressed as anime characters Goku and Sailor Moon.
Wellington Sevens costume
The Avengers, or at least, an Iron Man and two Captain Americas.
Wellington Sevens costume
Aaron Coxon, Krishan Roy, Bashneel Narayan, Sandeep Kumar, and Raajal Nand arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Travis Leippi and Frank Keating arrive at Westpac Stadium in two of the more common costume varieties.
Wellington Sevens costume
Sean Moss and Jason Tinker barely squeeze into Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Abbie and Tom Featherston reenact the famous V-J Day photo as they arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Sherrifs arrive, determined to clean up the place.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Care Bears arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Sevens fans arrive at Westpac Stadium in Zebra-based costumes.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of iPod Nanos arrive at Westpac Stadium, complete with earbuds.
Wellington Sevens costume
A blue mass of Sullys from the film Monsters Inc arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Thomas Brown of Inglewood arrives at Westpac Stadium as a Shuttlecock. Wrong sport!
Wellington Sevens costume
Tim Burton fans Darren Ainsley and Fraser Smith arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
No, this isn't an intricate group costume, it's the police presence on the Westpac Stadium concourse.
Wellington Sevens costume
Iron Man Alexis Banas and Captain America Paul Anderson, of both Auckland and The Avengers.
Wellington Sevens costume
Once again, some big babies arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
The Harlem Globetrotters arrive at Westpac Stadium, ready to play the wrong type of ball.
Wellington Sevens costume
Critics call Sevens fans "mindless" all the time, but we doubt this is what they had in mind.
Wellington Sevens costume
Whacky Waving Inflatable Arm-flailing Tubemen, along with some runners.
Wellington Sevens costume
Di Clarke and Al Cameron bring some comic-book fun to Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Geoff and Nathaniel Moug arrive as twin Mr. Potato Heads.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Oommpa Loommpa's arrive.
Wellington Sevens costume
Loren, Paula and Holly Collins arrive as a group of Ariels from The Little Mermaid.
Wellington Sevens costume
The "Bathtub Girls" arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Snow Globes from all over the world arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Kelly Miller, Laura Nolan, Cat Scannell, Bayley Paukau, Teresa O'Neil and Helena Reynolds of Wales arrive as Trolls.
Wellington Sevens costume
Iron Men, or two Iron Mans, arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
A school of clown fish arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Exit Signs Stanley Clark and Morgan Tiibin.
Wellington Sevens costume
Mayans arrive, postponing the apocalypse till Sunday.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Nadzeya Ostapchuks arrive.
Wellington Sevens costume
The 'Hottie Scotties' get a little cheeky.
Wellington Sevens costume
Brooke Johnson, Jaala Goodwin, Lara Bird, Katrina Carter, and Erin Murphy arrive on the concourse, Disney style.
Wellington Sevens costume
Levin Scrabble pieces arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Emma Hickey, Caitlin De Charmoy, Shannon Mayhew, Marion Kennedy and Victoria Wallace arrive as piñatas, we assume.
Wellington Sevens costume
Quick! Get Mark Shand and Katie Martin on TradeMe.
Wellington Sevens costume
A Sevens fan inside Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
A group of Luigis are invaded by an Elmo.
Wellington Sevens costume
Traffic lights ask us to stop inside Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens costume
Clowning around inside Westpac Stadium.
Sevens Swat Team
SWAT team members from left, Glen Whitton, Rob McQuilkin and Anthobny Statham had to leave their imitation firearms at the gate.
Sevens Nerds
Revenge of the nerds.
Crowd at the Wellington Sevens
Crowd at the Wellington Sevens, Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Lizi Oldham and Kylie Crisp arrive at Westpac Stadium as 50 Shades of Grey.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Dominion Post General Manager Gerard Watt strutting his stuff.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Mark O'Connor and Kent Stead arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Terry and May Moore plug in to the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Carl Johnson, Alex Macek, Rory Milne, and Joel Baker arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Rubix Cubes Jordan Gove and Ashley Clarke.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Maria Misehka and Manuel Porcel arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Kathy Tipler and Chris Parkin bring some elegant refinement into the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Anna Riddler, Kelly Morrison, and Moana McRae arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Simon Wood and son Reuben arrive.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
¡Hola! A group of wrestlers arrive.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Kevin Stevens is more than just a man.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Sandwich Crew arrive at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Priscilla Iain Hay and his sister Jennifer Hay arrive.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Steve Morgan arrives as Winston Peters.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Pavlova Girls, from left, Jess Hunt, Penny Gambitsis, and Natacha Sanguinett.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Little White Lies inside the stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Four rarities party inside the stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Sasha Wycherley gives Maggie MacLean a mean right hook, sparring ahead of the Sevens.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Speed cameras (we assume) party within Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
We feel you, sister, we feel you.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
Edward Scissorhands wants YOU!
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
The Ooompa Loompas went a little crazy once they were freed.
Wellington Sevens 2013: Day two
A fan attempts to match his seat colour at the Wellington Sevens.
Snow Globes
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."

Waitangi Mika, front, and members of the ‘‘Doctours’’ getting ready to breathe some life into the Wellington Sevens
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.

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