Welcome to Stuff.co.nz and The Dominion Post's live-blog coverage from day one of the 2013 Hertz Wellington Sevens from Westpac Stadium.
Stuff.co.nz's Stacey Kirk, The Dominion Post's Blair Ensor, Elle Hunt and Michael Forbes will provide updates, photos and insights from the stands and the concourse around Westpac Stadium throughout the day, while The Dominion Post's Toby Robson and myself (posting as Stuff.co.nz) will provide game updates and insights.
The on-field action kicks-off at 1pm with France vs Kenya, while New Zealand's biggest dress-up party has already started in the streets of Wellington this morning.
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.
Gordon Tietjens' New Zealand side start their campaign at 3.12pm against England, with their other Pool A matches against Spain at 6.08pm and the USA at 9.56pm.
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