Today signalled the arrival of the multitudes upon Whakatāne to contest in this year’s annual Touch Tournament. Among the skilled athletes that converged, was a handful of as equally skilled touch players representing Ngāti Wairere from Waikato.
Numerous stars of the Māori touch world came out to play in Whakatäne today. Mita Graham says there are still some competitive misconceptions but family bonding is the main objective.
These swift runners have been preparing for a long time and enjoy any opportunity to work together as a strong unit.
Whitiaua Black of Tūhoe is excited and plans to give it his all on the touch field tomorrow.
It's very important that the Ngāti Wairere's arrival is based upon the foundations of Māori custom. They begin their march to Whakatäne supremacy against Lock In from Te Arawa at 10.30am tomorrow.