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How’s this for real Kiwi passion, says Leo

Sep 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

  AFTER Leo O’Sullivan watched the All Blacks bundled out of the last world cup, he was stung by Frenchman’s comment that Kiwis have no passion.

That remark four years ago in Paris has remained with him ever since, so this world cup Leo (above) is determined to prove a point.

The sight of his Pak N Save supermarket in Petone shows just how big a point he wants to prove.

It is decorated with photos of pre-1995 rugby photos, All Black flags, all the flags of the 20 competing countries – and a giant set of goal posts.

A large message of support is painted on the road surface at the car park entrance, and Leo’s got his staff wearing “Go NZ” tee shirts.

Leo, who owns the store, wants to get people humming, as he is expecting thousands of fans will want to get involved in the world cup experience.

“Make lots of noise and cheer our heads off.”

And the goal posts? “Try to make it look like a field,” he says.

The decorations will stay up for the duration of the cup, then will be pulled down to re-use  for future events.

Hutt City Pak n Save has also joined in the fun, and has added “Backing NZ” balloons and window signs in black (with yellow writing) to its decorations.

The supermarket will be giving out lollipops until they run out, says manager Mike Grey.

The lollipops will temporarily turn people’s tongues black, and people can then upload photos of themselves poking their tongues out to the Pak N Save website, he says.

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