There was a plethora of potential and skilled players battling it out on day one of the NZ Māori Rugby League tournament which was relocated from Rotorua to Auckland to cater for more teams.
It is a tournament that draws in the best Māori league players from around the country and Australia.
There are two divisions in the tournament. One is called ‘Waka’ which gives players the opportunity to play for their tribe.
The other division is called ‘Rohe’, which this year saw four teams from Australia compete in.
Despite the relocation of the event, spirits were evidently high and games were still played with a lot of passion.
Tomorrow the top teams from both division play-off, with the semi-finals in the morning and the finals in the afternoon.