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All manner of festive season cheer will be on offer at the Vodafone Warriors’ annual members-only Christmas barbecue at Mount Smart Stadium on Thursday evening (December 11).

While there has already been a huge response for the event since registrations opened, anyone who is a member can still register to attend by emailing or calling one of the club’s membership team on 0800 839 839.


All members coming along on Thursday will not only be able to revel in the Christmas-flavoured fare on offer but they’ll also be able get a taste of football, watching a Vodafone Warriors training session on the new Mount Smart Stadium No 3 field.

The Christmas action will be happening in the John Walker Lounge and on the No 5 just behind the lounge.

Features will be:

  • Santa’s Sizzle | Complimentary barbecue and soft drinks
  • Santa’s Grotto | Meet Santa, get a present and a photo
  • The North Pole | Featuring the Penguins of Madagascar, get your face painted, eat a Tip Top ice cream on bean bags under the snow and get a selfie with the penguins
  • Santa’s Workshop | Lots of fun for the kids, colouring in, become a POM spy, word games and make your own wristbands
  • The Elves’ Playground | Have fun on the passing wall, bouncy castle and inflatable obstacle course, work on your style with Jerome Ropati in skills and drills
  • Holden Cup | Get up close to the NYC Holden Cup Trophy won by the Vodafone Junior Warriors for the third time in five years
  • Music from the FLAVA truck
  • Chill out in the shade under the Red Bull wigwam

Adults only:

  • The Jolly Bar
  • Enjoy a complimentary Woodstock or Wild Buck
  • Buck or Bill quiz with Wild Buck prize
  • Woodstock introduction 6.30pm followed by announcing Buck or Bull quiz winners
  • Players will appear at 7.00pm to mix and mingle with members. Be holding a Woodstock in your hand and you could be selected by a player to receive a Woodstock ‘Kit in a Can’
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The New Zealand Warriors honour the mana of the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific. We acknowledge the traditional kaitiaki of the lands, elders past and present, their stories, their traditions, their mamae and their mana motuhake.

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