A skydive stunt and aerial flag display have reminded Aucklanders of the fast-approaching FIFA Women’s World Cup, due to start on Thursday July 20 when New Zealand play Norway at Eden Park.
Record-holding skydiver Brent Findlay performed the stunt, guiding a 17-metre tournament flag from 18,000 feet into Eden Park.
The landing was followed by a karanga and pōwhiri ceremony, the traditional Māori welcome.
FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura said: “Football unites the world, and this could not be more evident this week as we have the privilege of kicking off the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 here at Eden Park.
“This FIFA Women’s World Cup will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With its unique indigenous culture and world-class experiences, Auckland is a fantastic location to celebrate the opening match.
“Aotearoa is the perfect setting to rally and unite our communities, and create an enticing and distinctive experience that truly goes Beyond Greatness.”