Kereopa gives back to the next generation of surfers

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E pōwhiritia ana te toa kaieke ngaru Māori me Aotearoa o mua a Daniel Kereopa o Tainui, he aki i te hunga tauhou eke ngaru kia uru atu ki te whakataetae taumahekeheke maori o te motu hei te wikena o te reipa.  Hei tana he nui nga akoranga mo ratou.

Mai i tōna pakeketanga tekau mā rima tau, ko ngā ngaru o Tangaroa tana papa tākaro. Ināeanei kua tahuri atu te toa whai utunga ki te whāngai i ōna pūkenga ki te hunga pikoko, ki te hunga tauhou o te tākaro nei.   

Hei tā Kereopa, “The Māori Nationals is in Taranaki this year and the key thing is getting all the crew in the country on the one weekend.”

Nō te tau iwa tekau mā toru i tū te Whakataetae Heke Ngaru Māori ki Taranaki, kātahi ka riro atu ki ngā pito e whā o te motu. Hei tēnei tau ka hoki atu te whakataetae nei ki tōna okiokinga, ka riro mā te karapu Waitara Bar Boardriders te mana whakahaere.

“It's an educational weekend and seeing who is the best Māori surfers and to really just feed the Aroha of surfing to each other so they can and take it, pass that on and maybe one day who entered that contest becoming a world champ.”

E rua tekau mā rima tau a Kereopa e heke ngaru ana. I mua ko te heke ngaru papa poto, papa roa hoki tana mahi, heoi kua huri atu a ia ki te papa tū. I whakaingoatia a Kereopa ki te kapa papa tū o Aotearoa mō te whakataetae ISA World Stand Up ki Whīti hei te tekau mā rua o ngā rā ki te rua tekau o Whiringa a rangi. 

“We get to compete against all the Hawaiian's, Tahitians and American's and it is really cool because there is a mix bag of New Zealand athletes.”

I te tau rua mano ngahuru mā rima ko ia te toa Ultimate Waterman, I eke te kapa o Aotearoa ki te tūranga tuawhā. Hei tēnei tau ko te whāinga kia eke ki te taumata ke.    

“We are still fundraising to get out tickets over there. All these other teams all fully funded but the Kiwi's come in with true heart and grit to mix it with the best, we had a couple of top four finishers it was amazing.”

Ka whakahaerehia a Kereopa he kura heke ngaru ki Tāmaki Makarau mō te hunga e rata ana ki te mahi heke ngaru.