The rivalry between Māori boarding schools Te Aute and Hato Pāora is as strong as ever.
Students, teachers, whānau and former students were at Hato Pāora for the annual traditional 1st XV rugby match where Te Aute defended the title they have held for the past two years.
Whitiaua Black says, “This is probably the biggest game of the year for these two schools. You play for the pride of your school out on the field and the team that comes out on top gets bragging rights for a year.”
Since 1997, these Māori boarding schools have battled it out and Te Aute was undefeated until 2009. Hurricanes' star Otere Black and his team broke that victory run in 2010.
In the closing stages of the match, the game was neck-and-neck. Hato Pāora was up 12-8 with five minutes to go before Te Aute crossed in the corner to make it 12-13.
However with time-up, Hato Pāora clawed their way back after being awarded a penalty kick from in front of the posts taking the victory 15-13.