The Tournament is the biggest sporting event in the world in 2015.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is a wonderful opportunity to showcase New Zealand to the world. New Zealand Police have been working very closely with a number of partner agencies including our colleagues in Australia to create a safe and secure environment throughout Tournament.
The Tournament has had a strong start but we need the New Zealand public to play their part by providing a warm and friendly welcome to our international guests.
A great example is the way we drive around New Zealand.
There will be thousands of extra international visitors navigating our unique roads.
This could lead to increased travel times particularly in parts of the South Island.
We will have an increased presence on the roads but all New Zealanders can play their part. Leave early, be patient and show courtesy to our international visitors so everyone can get safely from A to B to enjoy the cricket.
We urge all spectators to check the terms and conditions of entry on their tickets.
These conditions are in place to help create a warm and friendly environment.
If you are thinking about bringing additional articles to the venues, check the terms and conditions to see whether it is appropriate.
We will also have no tolerance of any individual that enters the field of play, without authority. Under the Major Events Management Act 2007, there are increased penalties for the offence of invading the pitch at a major sporting event.
This includes going onto the playing surface or propelling an object onto the field of play.
Anyone convicted of invading the pitch at the Cricket World Cup is liable to imprisonment for a term up to three months or a fine not exceeding $5000.
The atmosphere at the grounds thus far has been outstanding and we are looking forward to the business end of the Tournament.
Sandra Manderson is Superintendent of Police and National Commander of Police’s Cricket World Cup Operation.
The Police Team for the Cricket World Cup 2015 led by Superintendent Sandra Manderson (extreme right) pose with the Trophy