The Air New Zealand Cup is hand-forged and was created by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith of Nelson, the same workshop that crafted the ‘One Ring’ for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Rebel Sport Super 14 trophy. Master silversmith Thorkild Hansen and his team spent 3 months crafting the trophy.
The trophy stands 45 centimetres tall and weighs 3.9 kilograms. It includes 2.7 kilograms of sterling silver and the inside of the trophy is gilded with gold. The trophy sits on a base of black basalt that was hand-crafted by Waihi stone carver Jeff Beckworth.
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