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Friday, October 13, 2017 . Regional theatre update pages 6-7 Real-time displays at bus stops page 3 Polo action in the city Tom Rowland A new sport is looking to take over New Zealand next year, and will get fans even closer to the action. Heineken Urban Polo is close to regular polo, but will be played in the urban centres of Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The event is unique to New Zealand with sell-out events in Auckland and Wellington last summer. This year Hamilton and Christchurch have been added to the schedule to establish a series of events around New Zealand. Urban polo comes to Hamilton on March 17 at Claudelands arena with teams coming from New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. It’s played on horseback, with each team of four trying to score in the other team’s goal using a long- handled mallet. The pitches are smaller than the average polo pitch that will allow spectators to get closer to the game while also enjoying a party like atmosphere with music from performers. Simon Wilson founded urban polo to try something different in his life after being executive director of the New Zealand Polo Open for eight years. “I just wanted to try something,” Wilson said. “The dream is to bring people closer to sports action — in every sport we seem to be getting further away.” “You can high-five the players. How many sports can you high-five the players when playing? “You’re right in the action. This is why people love this.” A main goal of Wilson’s was to expose a new crowd to a different ■ Continued Page 2 Urban Polo will allow fans to get close to the action and high-five players while the games are in action. Photo / Supplied. Heineken Urban Polo has already had sell-out crowds in Auckland and will now expand into Hamilton and Christchurch. Photo / Supplied LEARN MODERN OFFICE COMPUTER SKILLS WWW.VISION.AC.NZ phone 0800 834 834 or txt 'OFFICE' to 027 557 8839 21 Ruakura Road, Hamilton FREE 20 WEEK COURSE