The French Minister of Sports, David Douillet, was in New-Zealand from the 7th to the 9th of October 2011, to support French players before the game against England.
During a breakfast with key figures from the sports world (John Kirwan, Andrew Mehrtens, and Terry Daly, a representative of the New Zealand Olympic Committee), the discussion focused on opportunities of sporting collaboration between France and New-Zealand. The breakfast was followed by a powhiri at Whatua Kaimarie Marae.
Mr. Douillet’s attendance was much appreciated by the representatives of the Ngati Whatua. in recognition of of the humanitarian and peaceful values outlined in his speech, Ms. Naida Glavish, representative of theEconomic Trust Iwi presented a taonga to him.
The powhiri finished with a lunch with Murray McCully, the New-Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sports and Recreation, during which they also talked about sporting collaboration between New-Zealand, France, and the Pacific territories.
The evening ended with a flourish with the victory of the French team against England.