Next month, the Oceania Indigenous Cup, a tag football competition, will be held, and at present, the Auckland Māori players are training together. Te Kāea followed some of the younger players who have earned spots in this prestigious event.
Everyone was in high spirits during the training day. Different generations congregated at the Manukau Rugby League Club to once again strengthen the ties between each other as they draw closer to the big competition.
Hilda Peters of Te Aupōuri says, “ We were practising before Christmas and after the New Year we are back at it again."
The majority of the players who turned up were of the older generation, however, the younger players were also there. Savannah Mātua has seen the development of youth in this sport.
She says, “there weren't very many girls playing at first, but if you look at the national competitions, there are now more female teams than male teams.”
Although many are new to this level of competition, they are still keen to get a run.
The Oceania competition will take place between March 28-30 in Auckland, and there is one major desire.