Former All Black Sir John Kirwan is set step into a new role as an ambassador for Auckland.
The rugby legend's new job with Auckland Tourism and Economic Development (ATEED) will be to promote all that's great about our largest city.
Kirwan is already actively involved in promoting the British and Irish Lions matches in Auckland and his new role will see him encourage those living here to get out and explore all the city has to offer this spring.
The All Black said he was "excited" about working with ATEED to help promote a city he loved.
“Being born and raised here means this is an idea fit with me. I’m incredibly passionate about Auckland.”
It’s understood the role is paid for about 15 or 20 days a year.
Head of tourism for ATEED Jason Hill says it’s fantastic to have secured such a well-respected and internationally recognised ambassador for Auckland.
“JK’s rugby pedigree, both in his time playing as an All Black and then his international coaching career, means he will resonate well with the visiting rugby fans.
“This, coupled with the inspirational work he’s done to raise awareness for depression in recent years, means he remains very popular with the New Zealand public and we feel fortunate to now be working with him to promote Auckland.”
Kirwan rose to rugby fame after becoming an All Black in 1984, and would go on to be part of the winning 1987 Rugby World Cup team.
Over the course of his stellar rugby career with the All Blacks which ended in 1994, Kirwan played 63 tests that would bring him 35 tries and would make him a record holder at the time.
Kirwan is also widely recognised as a mental health spokesperson and has fronted a number of campaigns actively promoting mental health awareness.
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