Kiwi's player Adam Blair returns home to Whangarei

By Tamati Tiananga
  • Northland

The home town hero will play a shared role in leading the Kiwi haka against Samoa in Whangarei on Saturday. The former Whangarei boys' High student, Adam Blair is excited to be back in his home town.

Adam Blair is a super star in Northland.

He says, “Yeah I guess just watching the kids as they come in and seeing all the bare feet. I think that was one of the fond memories. I remember just sliding around on a wet Saturday morning just sliding up and down the field, freezing cold and enjoying a can of coke and a pie.”

The Kiwi's squad were greeted by thousands of students at a local nines tournament today at Kensington Park where Blair played his schoolboy league.

His seventy nine year old grandfather Pat Campbell has watched his grandson's growth and says he has become a fine young man, a role model among his family.

This will be a homecoming for Pangaru Ki Papata's Adam Blair, with Blair and Isaac Luke both playing a role in leading the haka this Saturday.    

Cultural advisor, Ora Kihi says culture has become an integral part of the NZRL, and He Iwi Kiwi brings together many dynamics.

“It's only right that these two lead the haka, they are the best. It's good that Adam is staying true to his culture so his people can see he's still in touch with his Māori side and I must add that Adam and Isaac both perform the haka very well,” 

This will not only be a special occasion for Blair but also for Kevin Proctor who also has connections to Ngāpuhi.