Kua hinga ano he kauri o Te Taitokerau, no tera wiki ka mate te poutaha watea omua o te kapa Opango a Mike Burgoyne ki tawahi. A, no te ra nei ka haere a Te Kaea ki te karakia whakamutunga mona.
Kī ana te pokapu o Kaitaia e te tini rau tangata hei poroporoakī i tētahi o ngā tama rongonui o Te Hiku o te Ika.
Hei tā Michael Jones, “Maori and islanders, we're naturally athletic and love the open game and we loved big hits and that kind of ruggedness and Mike was all of that.
“So growing up I really looked up to him I thought he was the man and I think he was ahead of his time.”
I puta mai tēnei tama a Ngāti Kahu i te karapu o Awanui kia tohua ki te tīma o North Auckland i te wā e kī ana i ngā taniwha rongonui i puritia ai te hīra Ranfurly.
Hei tā Eric Rush, “I grew up just down the road in Kaeo and he was a hero for me when I was a young fella playing number seven…All us young sevens we looked up to him because he was the first one that actually ran with the ball and we always wanted to be like him and…my sole goal in life was to play for North Auckland.”
E ai ki a Jones, “I was thinking, if he was playing in my day he would have really excelled. He probably would've kept me out of my position he was so good and even today- he'd really flourish in today’s rules.”
E ono katoa ngā kēmu mō te kapa Ōpango, e waru anō mō te tīma Māori. Nō tērā wiki ka mate ohorere a Mike i a ia ki tāwahi ki Fiji, ono tekau ma rima ngā tau. Ka mahue mai ko tana wahine āna tamāhine tokorua me ngā mokopuna.
Hei tā Jones, “And again I think it's a tribute to him that he retired so young. He retired early because of his heart, for his whanau, to spend more time with his kids and his wife. I think for me that's probably the greatest legacy he leaves with me as a husband, as a father, is the sacrifices he made for his whanau.”
He toa i tunui ki te ao no te ra nei kua ngaro i te tirohanga kanohi.