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


Ngāi Tahu unveils special Manly Sea Eagles jersey

April 19

Ngāi Tahu unveils special Manly Sea Eagles jersey for match against Warriors

Dr Te Maire Tau, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Upoko, left, hands over the Ngāi Tahu jersey to Manly CEO Lyall Gorman at Tuahiwi Marae outside of Christchurch.

The custom-designed Ngāi Tahu jersey for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles matches in Christchurch will become a unique sought-after item for sports fans in New Zealand and Australia, says Manly CEO Lyall Gorman.

Manly commissioned a specially designed jersey from Ngāi Tahu artist Fayne Robinson for the match against the Vodafone Warriors in Christchurch on June 9.

Dr Te Maire Tau, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Upoko, unveiled the unique design during a pōwhiri (welcome) for the Manly representatives at Tuahiwi Marae.

Ngāi Tahu is the South Island iwi (tribe) whose tribal takiwā (territory) extends across the majority of Te Waipounamu (the South Island of New Zealand), and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri are the hāpū (sub-tribe) of Ngāi Tahu for the Christchurch city region.

Gorman said he felt honoured to be welcomed in such a powerful manner by the local iwi and to be presented with the new uniform, the first Ngāi Tahu shirt to be created for any sporting code.

“The strip has a unique mix of Ngāi Tahu and Manly heritage and will only be worn for our matches in Christchurch,” says Gorman. “This jersey underlines Manly’s commitment to a long-term partnership with Christchurch and its community.”

Manly has signed up to play home matches at AMI Stadium in 2018 and 2019 with an option for a third match in 2020.

“We hope that this jersey will become synonymous with the strong bond between Manly and the people of the South Island and that our relationship with the Canterbury region will extend far beyond those first three years.”

Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, said that partnership was a great opportunity to advocate hauora and well-being with our whānau and showcase Ngāi Tahu culture and identity.

“Ngāi Tahu whānau will have a real sense of pride when they see the players take the field with Fayne’s art front and centre,” says Lisa.

Master carver Fayne Robinson explains that the shirt design aims to represent the natural divide between Australia and New Zealand and the eagle crossing the water to make his way to the South Island.

“It is also fitting to have Ellavation on the back of this strip, as they run training and mentoring programmes for Indigenous Australians,” said Robinson.

Match promotor Justin Wallace said that it had been a priority for his team to get

Ngāi Tahu involved in the event.

“Māori players make up a huge percentage of rugby league players, both locally and in the NRL, so it was important to have a strong Māori flavour to this match, on and off the field,” said Wallace, who himself is proud of his Te Arawa descent.

Wallace over the past weeks has encouraged fans to get their tickets soon because the best tickets were selling fast. “Especially since the Warriors have started winning so many games, the interest has increased ten-fold and the ticket sales have taken off.”

The organisers have introduced a staggered pricing model to reward the most decisive fans, and Wallace said fans should not delay, or risk to miss out on cheaper seats or miss out altogether.

Based on the recent sales, Wallace expects a sold-out AMI Stadium, like the Penrith Panthers match against the Warriors in 2016.

“And we are now even talking to the Crusaders to possibly install extra seating on the North side to increase the capacity to over 22,000. But there are still plenty of tickets left.”

Tickets for the game can be purchased on

This custom-designed Ngāi Tahu jersey is available now for pre-order in both men’s and kids sizes. Stock is expected to be received in mid-May with international shipping available.

Jerseys can be pre-ordered at

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Vodafone Warriors, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday June 9, 5pm kick-off.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Ockhams: Pip Adam Wins Premier Book Award

A novel which judges say ‘will bring readers back from the dead’ has won the 2018 $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the country’s premier book awards. More>>


Voyager Award Winner: “Sempy’s Xmas”

Congratulations to Kent Blechynden, who won a Voyager Media Award for this photo essay, published on Scoop in December.

Michael “Semp” Semple is an old school punk rocker from New Plymouth who is on the methadone programme... On Christmas day he thought he would be alone but two of his mates, “Mikey” and “Stacey”, turned up for some banter. More>>


Auckland & Christchurch: Bob Dylan Returns To NZ

The cross-generational icon will take in Auckland’s Spark Arena on Sunday 26th August and Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Tuesday 28th August. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Who Killed Jane?

This is an important book. Why? Because any publication that soberly and sensibly attempts to cast light on an unsolved murder is important, for the very real reasons that not only do the bereaved require and deserve a sense of closure, but that the murderer or murderers may be closer to being confirmed, arrested, tried. More>>

Comedy Fest: A Tasty Programme

2018 NZ INTERNATIONAL 26 APRIL – 20 MAY This April and May the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, hits Auckland and Wellington with one of the tastiest comedy line-ups of its 26-year-old history!... More>>


Max Rashbrooke Review: Ravishing Berlioz And Ravel

In this engaging, French-inflected performance, full of strengths, perhaps the standout was the mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke. Wellington has been visited by a few high profile singers recently, notably Anne Sofie von Otter, but few have impressed me as much ... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland