Work and location no barrier for Kiwis when it comes to celebrating the Rugby World Cup Final

On September 27, 2011 at 09:00 AM

Almost one in four Kiwis reveal they will take a ‘sickie’ or are contemplating taking a ‘sickie’ the day after the Rugby World Cup final game

Kiwis aren’t letting work commitments or distance get in the way of their plans to celebrate the Rugby World Cup grand final in style, according to the latest survey carried out by online travel company

The nationwide survey* reveals Kiwis across the country plan to extend Rugby World Cup celebrations long after the final whistle. And, it seems Kiwis are happy to run the risk of annoying their boss and sending themselves to the ‘sin bin’ to do so.

A tiny three per cent of New Zealanders say they have booked a day of annual leave so they can extend the celebrations. However, almost one in four (22 per cent) die-hard Kiwi rugby fans across the country say they are either contemplating or definitely taking a ‘sickie’ from work on the Monday following the  Rugby World Cup final, whether they are travelling to the game or not.

And, according to the survey, it’s not just Kiwi men that are the die-hard rugby fans. Almost one in five Kiwi women (17 per cent) confess they too will be ditching work or are thinking about it so they can enjoy the festivities.

Top five die-hard rugby New Zealand cities according to’s ‘sickie’ survey:



% of residents taking a ‘sickie’

1. Gisborne


2. Tauranga


3. Rotorua


4. Hamilton


5. Napier and Hastings


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*About the survey

Pureprofile fielded the online survey on behalf of™ between August 31 and 5 September 2011 among a nationwide cross-section of 500 adults aged 18+ in New Zealand. The data was weighted to be representative of the total New Zealand population on the basis of gender, location and age. With probability samples of this size, one can say with 95 per cent certainty that the results for the sample have a sampling error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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