Ki Tāmaki Makaurau whakaingoatia ai te kapa Ōpango Takiwhitu me te kapa takiwhitu wāhine e haere atu nei ki Ngā Taumāhekeheke Ōrimipia a tērā marama. Inā te tūrangahākoakoa o ngā kaitākaro i eke i te rā nei, heoi anō, mō ētahi kanohi rongonui anō kīhai te moemoeā mētara koura i tutuki noa.
Pahū ana te harikoa i te whakaingoatanga o ngā kapa takiwhitu o te motu ki Ngā Anawai.
Akira Ioane (Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau a Apanui) says, “Pretty proud to be going to the Olympics with my mate over here. Just representing the family, just proud and humbling I guess.”
Nō te rā nei, pānuihia ai te rārangi ingoa o te kapa takiwhitu tāne, wāhine anō hoki e wehe atu nei ki Ngā Taumāhekeheke Ōrimipia hei ngā rā toru tekau mā whā.
Huriana Manuel (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) says, “Representing our family and all the girls that came through the programme that didn't quite make it, but really excited and happy.”
Ko te tokorua whai rongonui kāre i waimarie i te whakaingoatanga, ko Liam Messam o Ngāi Tūhoe rāua ko Kurt Baker o Ngāpuhi. Rāua rāua he pūkenga nui i tēnei o ngā kapa.
Gillies Kaka (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa) says, “Especially like the boys who have been here the whole season. You see how much they give on the training. I guess this is just the lucky 12 that end up going.
Inā hoki, he nui tonu ngā herehere o te whanaungatanga kei waenga i ngā ingoa Māori whai mana nui i eke panuku i tēnei rā.
Portia Woodman (Ngāpuhi) “There's going to be three of us, myself and the Ioane boys all from Kaikohe, repping that home big time. It's mean.”
Ā, kei te hīkaka katoa ngā poai Māori nei ki te tūtaki ki ngā tino whetū o te ao hākinakina huri noa.
Ko te tangata tere rawa atu o te ao kei te keo o te pū a ngā nanakia Māori nei
Rieko Ioane (Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau a Apanui) says, “Him and I give each other training techniques on just on sprinting and what to do and what not to do, so yeah, I help him out where I can. You taught him everything he knows? Yeah most of the stuff.”
Ā, kei te whai whakaaro hoki te kapa whānui mō tētahi haka taparahi ake ō rātou hei kawe atu ki Brazil.
Kaka (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) says, “Yeah we're looking for a new piece for the boys. We had something in the works but it might have fallen through so we'll be looking for someone.”
Kei riro hoki ēnei kaitākaro hei pononga mā te kōrero - he manako te metara koura i kore ai.