Topic: Rugby League

Haka resonates at Māori Rugby League Tournament

By Taroi Black
  • Auckland

Today marks the second day of the Māori Rugby League tournament in Manurewa and as teams brought their game face to the competition, they also brought their own unique style of haka.

Haka performed today wasn’t used in a competitive nature, instead it was a shared moment where Māori could unite under the banner of rugby league.

“I was amazed by the amount of different haka that were performed before each game and I believe they went through a lot of training to get it right,” says Māori league supporter Jackie Te Amo Te Kurupa.

The tournament celebrates its 23rd year and for many it’s an embedded event in their calendar.  For the Tūhoe Women's team it’s a whole new experience as first timers to the competition.

“The games weren't easy at all, but we had relatives from Tūhoe who came through to support us,” says Jackie Te Amo Te Kurupa from the Tūhoe Women's team.

Not only will these woman get some field time but an opportunity to test their skills against some experienced players.

“The main thing is that these women get the opportunity to play alongside Kiwi Ferns players. It gives them hope to one day reaching that level,” says Hilda Peters.

Winners for the 2015 Māori Rugby League tournament are Auckland Māori (Rohe winners) and Ngāti Umutahi (Waka section) and Ngāti Umutahi (Women's section).