Nelson gets a cup to keep
The Webb Ellis Cup will now be a permanent fixture in the Nelson City Council offices - a miniature one that is.
Mayor Aldo Miccio, on behalf of the council, has been presented with a miniature of the coveted trophy from the ANZ Bank as a thank-you for the hard work put in to hosting the Rugby World Cup a year ago.
ANZ's central region general manager Lynne Sutherland visited Nelson last week to say thank you.
"I thought it was a good idea to recognise the great work that went on."
The work that went on at Trafalgar Park had left the region with "a lasting legacy", she said.
Originally only a small number of replica Webb Ellis cups had been produced, Ms Sutherland said.
But there had been huge customer interest and more had been produced.
Mr Miccio said it had been good to see people working together throughout the cup.
One of the best lasting results from the tournament were the community networks that had been formed, he said.
"They've come together to work and host a number of events and initiatives."
It seems that perhaps Nelsonians may have celebrated the Rugby World Cup in more ways than one last year.
According to figures from Nelson Hospital, 30 more babies were born in June and July this year than last year.
Nine months after the tournament, 80 babies were born in hospital in June, up from 75 the previous year, and 102 born in July, up 25.
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