Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


“Just Massive” Ngātiwai teen says of Baseball World Cup

“Just Massive” Ngātiwai teen says of Baseball World Cup

It is back to more routine matters like studies for Aotea Parata, Northland’s sole member in the New Zealand Under15 baseball team who returned home to Whangarei last Friday (15th August)

However, the Ngātiwai teenager says he wouldn’t change a thing in what has been a transformational year for him.

“Going to the baseball world championships in Mazatlan, Mexico was just massive
as far as experiences go,” Aotea says. “We went there ranked 14 out of 18 and we played true to that ranking in our first ever trip there by finishing 14th.

“We all just learned so much on the trip, but it was also very draining physically because we were playing in heat of high 30s and early 40s and with very high humidity which just leaves you completely drained,” he says as he tries to catch up on studies at Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa in downtown Whangarei.

The centre-outfield who also pitches says the experience of taking on big baseball nations like the USA and Japan, regardless of the results, was invaluable.

“For someone like me who is way up here in the north and not down in Auckland to get to play in a competition like this was something else. It was a first time experience and you learn a huge amount from it.”

He says while the results were a mixed bag it put New Zealand baseball at the Under15 level on the international map while personally it has sparked an interest in travel and understanding the wider world.

“Yeah, I’ve probably got the travel bug now with this trip coming after going to Italy in May with the Leadership Academy of A Company which attended the 70th

Commemorative Anniversary of the Battle of Cassino,” he says.

However, that ambition, he says, may have to wait until after he completes university studies in a few years. He intends to study physical education.

Aotea thanked the Ngātiwai Trust Board for sponsoring his international travel this year.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>

On Shoestrings And Phones: Rossellini And Contemporary Film

Howard Davis: Roberto Rossellini's Neo-Realist Rome, Open City provides some fascinating technical parallels to Tangerine, an equally revolutionary Independent movie made exactly seventy years later. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news