Taniwharau celebrates 70th anniversary

By Rahia Timutimu
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

To celebrate the Taniwharau Rugby League Club's 70th Jubilee, the club held a Champion of Champions challenge in Huntly, where the four current champions of 4 different regions in the North Island came together to see who the best team is overall.

Hundreds of people from near and far came together in Huntly over the weekend, to join and support the celebration of the Taniwharau Ruby League club in its 70th year.

Te Aorere Pewhairangi of the Pt Chev Pirates says, “this is an awesome day, to come here to Hamilton and play league. The sun is shining what more can you ask for?”

The champions of four different regional competitions came together to play in a day tournament to celebrate this milestone for Taniwharau.

Auckland champions Point Chev Pirates, Bay of Plenty Winners Pacific Sharks and Taranaki’s best Waitara Bears came to the Waikato winner, Taniwharau to kick off the league year.

According to organiser Harley Raihe, “we hope to have a competition like this every year, no doubt the boys are happy with the games today.”

Taniwharau were beaten in their first game by the Pacific Sharks.

Pt Chev Pirates beat Waitara in their first game to meet the Sharks in the final.

In the end the Pirates were too strong, winning the first competition of this kind between all four teams.

With more festivities for Taniwharau's 70 years held next month, the Waikato champions will make sure they win the title again this year.