Missoulians will get their chance to embrace their inner kiwi during an all-day event celebrating New Zealand on Saturday.
The annual New Zealand Day is organized by the Missoula Cultural Council, and celebrates the city’s relationship with Palmerston North, New Zealand, which has been its sister city for more than 30 years. The two cities partner on projects to share their culture and increase educational exchange opportunities.
The Missoula Youth Rugby Association, a partner in putting on New Zealand Day, will host a free, all-ages touch rugby clinic for beginners at the Fort Missoula rugby pitch starting at 10 a.m. The classes will be led by members of Missoula’s All-Maggots Rugby Club. Later in the afternoon, pick-up touch rugby games will be organized beginning at 1 p.m.
The Roxy Theater will be hosting a miniature New Zealand-themed film festival as part of the day’s activities. At 5 p.m., there will be a screening of “Once We Were Warriors” followed by 7 p.m. showings of “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Eagle vs. Shark.” More information about each of the films can be found online at theroxytheater.org.