The Warriors are being taught a haka of sorts by Donna and Anaru Grant of Te Arawa as a means to rouse and invigorate the team before each weekly NRL match. It's something for the fans to do to support the players, and will be done for the first time next week against the Roosters at Auckland's Eden Park.
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Acclaimed historian, Dame Anne Salmond was announced New Zealander of the Year at an awards ceremony last night in Auckland.
Intelligence, fitness, strength and understanding cultural heritage are all qualities of a warrior, and that's exactly what the Vodafone Warriors focussed on at a cultural day at Auckland University's Waipapa Marae, run by Te Whare Wānanga o Te Awanuiārangi, to give them a crash course in Māori language and protocols. The day was encouraged and organised by Warriors board member, Donna Grant, in order to promote Māori culture within the team.