Kids go free: Highlanders mascot Jock, centre, with NZSki mascots Spike, left, and Shred, and Remarkables Primary School kids, from left, Lucas Woodcock, 8, Jesse Carter, 6, Lucian Washbrooke, 7, Mathys Tonks van Aarde, 7, and Ava Carter. Kids under the age of 13 will go free to the Highlanders game against the Rebels in Queenstown this month


The Highlanders are on the hunt for a kid to deliver the most critical element of their upcoming Super game against the Rebels in Queenstown — the first Super game played here since 2011.

Mountain Scene, in conjunction with the Highlanders, is running a competition to find a child who — with one adult — wants to deliver the game ball to the Queenstown Events Centre John Davies Oval ahead of kick-off at 2.35pm on Sunday, May 30.

The ball runner will also get their own Highlanders jersey and get to sit on the bench with their grown-up, and the team, for the game, while general admission tickets for immediate family — a maximum of one adult and three kids — will also be dished out to their family.

And, they’ll get to keep the match ball once the game’s done and dusted.

Kids have to be aged between five and 12 to enter — to be in the running, click here.

Entries close at midnight on May 23.

Skifield biz helps get Super rugby over the line

Why would a skifield operator support a rugby game, in Queenstown, in May?

Last week the Highlanders confirmed they’d play their first Super game in the Whakatipu in 11 years against the Rebels, on May 30.

The game got across the line after NZSki — owner of Queenstown’s The Remarkables and Coronet Peak skifields, as well as Mt Hutt — dipped into its back pocket.

Ironically, the game’s being played at the Queenstown Events Centre’s John Davies Oval, named after NZSki’s big boss.

Anderson won’t divulge how much NZSki’s chucked at the game — only saying it’s a ‘‘decent contribution that got them over the line’’ — but admits it would have been more financially beneficial for the Highlanders to play at home, under the Forsyth Barr Stadium

‘‘But it’s great for them to bring the Rebels … and the Highlanders out here.

‘‘It’s awesome they’re doing it.’’

NZSki CEO Paul Anderson says when they got the call from the Highlanders they thought it was a ‘‘wonderful opportunity’’ to thank the community for the support it showed last year.

The cherry on the cake was learning kids will go free to the game, which aligns with NZSki’s schools’ programme, through which about 2000 Whakatipu kids get subsidies to learn to ski every year.

‘‘We thought [that] was just fantastic, and we’re really thrilled to get behind it.’’