Dunedin residents urged to welcome WHITE FERNS next Tuesday

04 Feb 2020



Dunedin residents are being urged to provide a warm welcome for the New Zealand and South African women’s cricket teams when they arrive in the city for their 13 February T20 international.

Mayor of Dunedin Aaron Hawkins says, “We’re excited to welcome both teams to Dunedin for the city’s first ever T20 international. With some of the best players in the world on show, the fast-paced nature of this format and the University of Otago Oval’s grass embankments providing great vantage points, I’m sure fans will be treated to a memorable match.

Otago Cricket Chief Executive Officer Mike Coggan is also excited to have the WHITE FERNS and South Africa playing in Dunedin.

“Female cricket is on the rise across our region with over 800 young females now participating in Girls Smash each summer. These you players now have the opportunity to see local heroes Suzie Bates and Katey Martin play at home. We’re delighted to have this opportunity and encourage our region to get behind this match,” Mr Coggan says.

Fans are encouraged to get dressed up and head out to the airport to welcome both teams.

The South African team arrives at 10.15am on Tuesday, 11 February at the Dunedin International Airport, while the WHITE FERNS touch down at 4.15pm on the same day.

The King’s and Queen’s High Schools’ Kapa Haka group, He Waka Kōtuia, will welcome both teams.