Topic: Rugby League

Taranaki descendants battle it out to represent at Māori League Nationals

  • North Island: West Coast

Taranaki Whānui Māori Rugby League's two-day tournament is in full swing with eight teams battling it out for top honours.

The sides are made up of iwi and hapū and rōpū around the Taranaki area. Organiser Wayne Capper says, "It means a lot to come together like this in a major event, to have all our iwi together playing against each other."

The aim of the completion is to get whānau active and more people involved in the sport, but Wayne Capper says whakawhanāungatanga is the most important aspect of the competition, “We got six iwi of our eight iwi here in Taranaki playing this weekend, and just to have us all together as one under our maunga on a specially day like this is pretty important for us.”

A team will be selected to represent Taranaki at the NZ Māori Rugby League Nationals Tournament held in Auckland on Labour weekend.

It'll be the first time the Taranaki province has attended the tournament since 2009.