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Celebrating 100 years of Maori Rugby League

8 September 2008 Media Statement

Celebrating 100 years of Maori Rugby League

“The launch of this book and its many fascinating pictures, stories and insights on its pages celebrate and pay homage to 100 years of Maori involvement in Rugby League” Minister of Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia said.

“A very touching dedication to the late Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu opens this fantastic book .She was the Patron of New Zealand Māori Rugby League and a passionate supporter and friend for many, many years – as her father was before her and now her son, Tuheitia.”

“A quick look through indicates that there’s a decade-by-decade breakdown in the book as it shows one hundred years of continued Māori involvement in the development and administration of the game.

“It also shows Māori rugby league players’ unbridled commitment, tenacity and passion to achieve success on the field at a provincial, professional and international level.

“I note with much interest and admiration how many Māori league greats are giving back to the game and in so doing, they are giving back to their communities

“For example, Tawera Nikau introduced league to the New Zealand Sports Academy in 2005.

“The Academy offer a full time Rugby League and Career Training Programme for around 30 young, talented Māori Rugby League players from all over New Zealand each year. A great example of a sport building Māori cultural identity and national identity.”

“It is a great time to be launching this publication with the upcoming World Cup in Australia later this year. And I am looking forward to reading it properly from cover to cover.”


Whakanui I te 100 tau o te Hutupaoro Rīki Māori

“Ko te whakamānutanga o tēnei pukapuka, me te maha o ngā pikitia ātaahua, ngā kōrero paki, me ngā tirohanga whakaroto kei ngā whārangi, koia nei te whakanui me te whakahonoretanga o te whaiwāhitanga a te Māori mō te 100 tau ki te hutupaoro rīki” i kī te Minita mō ngā Take Māori a Parekura Horomia.

“He whakamaumāharatanga aroha ki te Te Arikinui Kahurangi Aitairangikāahu te tīmatanga o tēnei pukapuka parekareka. Ko ia hoki te Whakaruruhau o te rōpū Hutupaoro Rīki Māori o Aotearoa, te kaitautoko piripono, te hoa tata mō te maha o ngā tau – pērā i tōna pāpā i mua i a ia, ā, inaianei ko tana tama a Tuheitia.”

“Hei te pānui teretanga, ka kitea te wāwāhitanga ia tekau tau i ngā whārangi e whakaatu ana i te 100 tau o te whaiwāhitanga a te Māori ki roto i te whanaketanga me ngā whakahaere o te tākaro nei.

“Me te whakaatu anō i te piriponotanga tuturu, te pioringa whakaū, me te kaingakau ki te eke kia angitu ki runga i ngā papa tākaro i ngā taumata wāhi ā-rohe, ngā wāhi whakangaio, me te ao whānui.

“Me taku kite i roto i te whaipānga me te miharo, i ngā toa hutupaoro rīki Māori e tuku āwhina ana ki tēnei tākaro, ā, i runga i tēnei e whakahoki ana ki a rātou hapori.

“Hei tauira, nā Tawera Nikau i whakamōhio atu I te hutupaoro rīki atu ki te Kura Ako Tākaro o Aotearoai te tau 2005.

“He Hotaka Whakangungu Hutupaoro Rīki Momo Mahi tā te Kura, mō ētahi kaitākaro Hutupaoro Rīki Māori, toko 30, o Aotearoa whānui, ia tau. He tauira nui tēnei o te tākaro e hanga ana i ngā tuakiri tikanga Māori me te tuakiri ā-motu.”

“He wā tino pai tēnei mō te whakamānutanga o tēnei pukapuka, i mua o ngā whakataetae mō te Ipu o Te Ao kei Poihākena hei te mutunga o tēnei tau. Ka titiro whakamua ahau ki te pānui tōtika mai i whārangi taupoki tīmatanga ki te mutunga.

ENDS


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