TV 3 didn't show the clip but TV One did have a clip about Hayley in the opening ceremony. So I joined both the Prime and TV One clips together. I used my video cam to film the TV and the result is not bad. With a bit more effort it should also work for the actual ceremony.
Thanks Ross. Here's the article and photo (my goodness, it must've been windy there!):
Hayley Westenra, Hagley, the Holy Grail
Christchurch's year of cool in 2015 is making for some big weeks on the city's social calendar. This week may be the biggest.
The big air of the Nitro Circus Live motocross tour descended on the Garden City last night. The gravity-defying exploits of its stuntmen would be the headline event in the city any other week. Either that or Kenny Rogers' farewell concert on Friday. Or the Foo Fighters' gig the following Wednesday. Even the Crusaders' Super Rugby opener this weekend could make a claim.
Not this week.
The Cricket World Cup will deliver Christchurch a formidable one-two starting on Thursday with the tournament's opening ceremony in Hagley Park. The eyes of the cricket world will be on the city, and they will stay for the opening match between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka at the park's new jewel, Hagley Oval.
One of the stars of the week, Christchurch singer Hayley Westenra, graced Hagley's turf yesterday, offering just a hint of her coming performance.
"It's very appropriate to be singing this song at this moment here in Christchurch," she said.
Westenra and a 100-strong children's choir met for the first time to work on the secret song for the opening ceremony.
Other events, including the kapa haka festival in March, will put a greater strain on Christchurch's resources but nothing will match the international exposure of cricket's showpiece.
"[Christchurch] is going to be put the the test," Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend said.
"And [it] will pass with flying colours."
It already seems to be. South African cricket captain AB de Villiers, in town for a warmup match against the Black Caps on Wednesday, appeared convinced.
De Villiers was in the Proteas side that jetted in and out of Christchurch in a day for a Twenty20 match against Canterbury on the first anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake. There were no jitters this time.
"I love being here," de Villiers said yesterday.
"It's great to be sort of part of the transition phase.
"You see a lot of buildings under renovations. A lot of buildings smacked right down to the ground and people getting ready to rebuild everything."
Thursday's opening ceremony will be a rebuild of sorts, returning the city to the global sporting consciousness.
"Christchurch is back," former Black Caps skipper Stephen Fleming proclaimed yesterday.
"This is a world tournament. It's a global opening and [we] have it on our doorstep in Hagley Park." The concert kicks off 8.30pm. Entry is free and open to all.
Go if you can. It may be a while before we see anything else like it.
New Zealand welcomes the 14 international cricket teams, followed by the official tournament opening.
Entertainment includes Kapa Haka, music from Shapeshifter, Hayley Westenra, Ginny Blackmore, Sol3Mio, the New Zealand Army Band and a showcase of Christchurch and the Canterbury region.
10.00pm – 10.30pm:
The night concludes with a concert and fireworks.
I am still investigating the possibility of watching the ceremony online from the UK, via India (if Sky Sports still refuse to show it live at 7:30 am UK time) and if I can, I think I can record it too but it's all a bit uncertain at the moment so thank goodness Ross is able to do the job!
Apparently the fine weather will not hold for the first match. I wonder if Hayley will attend anyway. I would imagine so. It's only a couple days later. It looks like most of the other matches are in NZ, too, though some are in Australia, of course.
I am at the warm up game between NZ and South Africa in the Hagley Oval and I can hear the rehearsals for the Opening Ceremony. Cannot hear Hayley I think it is the other singers. Fine here today and tomorrow. Forecast for Saturday is more promising with maybe a chance of drizzle in the morning.