He kupu tao tā te whetū kapa Kahurangi, tā Rene Ranger mō te uniana whutupōro matua o te Tai Tokerau. Hei tā te kāpene o mua o te kapa Taniwha, nā ngā raruraru nui ki te taha whakahaere o te uniana te tira tākaro i raru ai.
He mate nui tā Rene Ranger i te papa tākaro, ā, mā āna kupu tonu pea whakamataku ai ōna pōhi o mua.
“You hear stories of things not happening behind the scenes, and there's heaps of little things and it's hard to point the finger at what it actually is,” hei tā Ranger.
Kāre ia mō te paku whakangāwari i āna kupu, he kōrero tāunu nui tā Ranger mō te āhua whakahaere i te uepū whutupōro o te Te Tai Tokerau.
E ai ki a Ranger, “Be great for the resources to finally get out in those small communities from way up north right down to Wellsford you know.”
Heoi anō hei tā te toihau o te uepū matua a Jeremy Parkinson, kāore he paku kiko i ēnei whakapae āna, ‘We've never been more in touch with our communities and just this year we've a Rugby Development Officer in Mangonui, a Rugby Development Officer in the Bay of Islands, and a Rugby Development Officer in Northern Wairoa, and we've got a presence throughout Northland for the first time in a long time.”
Ahakoa kei te kirimanahia a Ranger ki te uepu o Te Rakipaewhenua mō te tau tākaro ipu Mitre 10 e tū mai nei, e whai take tonu ana ēnei whakapae a tētahi o ngā tino taniwha o te raki.
“You know it's probably a bit slower up north rather than in places like Auckland and North Harbour, with more resources and stuff down these ways up north it's a bit slower,” hei tā Ranger.
Ko te whakapae a Ranger, kāore tonu ngā rauemi tika i te whāngaia ki ngā hapori iti huri noa te raki, “Little things like gas vouchers, and stuff like that players making academies you know, they'd rather work and make money then be travelling.”
Engari e kore rawa nei te uniana e whakaae ki tērā, “I'd love to catch up with Rene to see where in fact these allegations, these questions are coming from.”
He tāutuutu i ngā taha e rua, he tawhiti noa atu ki tōna whio whakamutunga.