10.22am: John Key meets management of Triangle TV to discuss funding bid for quarterfinals. Coverage to be in Hindi.
11.32am: Pita Sharples and Jonathan Coleman in punch-up on steps of Parliament. Labelled “fight of the century” by promoters, who hope this might at least be a contest.
11.55am: Pita Sharples and Jonathan Coleman seen in Bellamy’s holding hands and cooing at each other.
12.08pm: PM announces a joint consortium made up of TVNZ, China TV and the BBC will make a counterbid for the Hindi rights. Barack Obama to endorse the bid.
12.09pm: Finance Minister vetoes expenditure on Hindi bid.
12.10pm: PM and Finance Minister in punch-up on steps of Parliament.
1.32pm: PM now announces he wishes all New Zealanders to be able to see coverage of the Rugby World Cup free, unless they are Phillip Field. Government to financially support a consortium made up of TVNZ, Fashion TV and Uncle Bob’s Ready Roasts. Coverage to be in Te Reo, and commentators to be Jason Gunn and Michael Cullen.
2.54pm: Melissa Lee’s TV production company awarded large production contract, contingent on government-backed consortium winning.
4.23pm: Treasury announces rival bid, in conjunction with the Disney Channel and the Libertarianz.
5.52pm: Murray McCully emerges from his crypt. Is seen returning shortly afterwards with the blood of officials all over his robes.
6.08pm: IRB announces Rugby World Cup transferred to Australia.