25 Oct 2011

RWC 'Cloud' to stay in Auckland

7:45 am on 25 October 2011

Authorities in Auckland have decided to keep the building known as the Cloud on the downtown waterfront as a venue.

The plastic building with a curvy white roof was the focus of many Rugby World Cup festivities.

It was built specially for the tournament and was intended to be temporary.

Waterfront Auckland chairman Bob Harvey says the Cloud has been hugely successful.

He says there have been strong bookings for future events and the organisation which manages Auckland's waterfront assets will keep it.

The Government, which paid $9.8 million for the Cloud, also wants it to stay in use.

Stamps honour victory

The All Blacks' Rugby World Cup win has been commemorated in an exclusive collectors' stamp set.

New Zealand Post says the stamp images hit the printing presses within minutes of the final whistle on Sunday night.

The set includes a team portrait snapped just moments after the game ended.

Ivor Masters from NZ Post's stamp and coin business says the limited edition stamp sheet will be in Postshops in the main centres on Tuesday and can also be bought through its website.

Mr Masters says turnaround for the release has been achieved in a record time.