New Zealanders’ usual aversion to overt patriotic display – including flag-waving – was overcome in 2011 when the country hosted the Rugby World Cup. New Zealand flags and special All Black flags, with an image of the silver fern, were on display across the country with flags flying from cars and buildings – as in this image outside Wellington’s stadium. The flags were in support of the national team, the All Blacks, which won the tournament (for the first time since 1987, when the competition was inaugurated) on 23 October. The victory was followed by three civic parades (in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington) in less than a week, reflecting national pride in their achievement.
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