Porirua to mark first anniversary of Jerry Collins' passing

Kotahi tau kua hori i te matenga a te kaitākaro o mua o te kapa O Pango a Jerry Collins, me tona hoa rangatira a Alana Madill i tetahi tukinga waka ki Wiwi, Hei te po nei timata ai ngā mahi whakamaumahara i a raua ki te karapu o Norths United i Porirua.

E tangi apakura ana te marea i te taenga a Jerry Collins ki te karapu o Norths United i tērā tau. Ināianei ka aro te titiro ki a ia mo ngā rā e toru e heke mai nei.

Hei tā Jacob Ellison (Ngati Toa), “I think they'll be a few beers floating around, but there's also junior rugby so we'll be trying not to burn the candle at both ends to put on a good show for the whole weekend.”

I aronui te titiro a ngā taitama Ellison a Tamati me Jacob ki a Collins i a raua e tipu ana i te karapu. E ai ki a Tamati, he ika a whiro ia.

Hei tā Tamati Ellison, “For people in Porirua, we saw it all the time.  He'd get off the plane and maybe had played for the Barbarians and comes to training, and nowadays you can't do that, but he always put community first and professional second.”

I rongo whanuitia te matenga a Collins raua ko Madill i ngā topito o te ao. Nā te karapu te korowai āwhina i tuku ki te whanau Collins e noho ana i raro i te kapua pouri.

E ai ki a Jacob Ellison, “He whanau tino nui e awhina i tenei roopuu a Norths, i tenei tau kua pahure kua tino mohio, kua tutaki nga kotiro a Allen raua ko Brenda i te tima wāhine.”

E whakapae ana ka tae atu te tamāhine a Collins raua ko Madill, a Ayla ki te karapu. Kaare e kore ka tino rongo i ngā maharatanga o tōna Pāpā.

Ki tā Tamati Ellison, “The next few days is to remind ourselves of that.  The kākano of rugby starts in the community, and that’s what tomorrow is about, continuing to grow that seed that he planted in Porirua.”

A te pō nei ka timata ngā mahi whakamaumahara i te karapu o Norths United ki Porirua.