E ngā Iwi, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, e ngā hou e wha, tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai, piki mai ra ki te ipurangi o Māori Touch NZ. He ipurangi tangata whenua no Aotearoa e pānuitia a mātou
kaupapa me a mātou mahi ki a koutou huri noa o te ao.
Te Arawa Touch hosts National Māori Touch Tournament
Thousands will gather in Rotorua this weekend for the annual National Māori Touch Tournament which will pit takiwa, marae, iwi, hapu and waka teams from around New Zealand against one another.
Hosted by Rotorua Touch Association and Te Arawa Touch, it will be held at Westbrook Park Saturday (5th December) and Sunday (6th December) with approximately 60 teams competing.
“We’re looking forward to some excellent competition and the opportunity to identify some emerging talent but more than that, it’s also about whanaungatanga”.
More than 1000 players from around the country are competing, representing iwi (tribes), hapu (sub-tribes), waka (ancestral canoes), marae and takiwa (regional boundaries).
“This event is more than just a sports tournament providing competition – it aims to increase Māori participation in touch and increase Māori representation at national level, but also to help with the development of coaches, referees and administrators”.
“It’s also about celebrating, rejuvenating and maintaining iwi and hapu tradition and is an opportunity to recognise those who support and contribute to the sport and the kaupapa of this event.”
The grades are: Over 30 mixed; Open men, Open women and Open mixed; Under 21 men, Under 21 women and Under 21 mixed; and Under 17 boys and Under 17 girls.
“The Under 17 rangatahi grade tends to showcase untapped young talent while the under 21 grade features great skills and pace and in the open grade there’ll be a mix of youth and more experienced players. The over 30s grade is where the inspirational performances come”.
“It’s going to be worth watching and the teams will all come with their groups of supporters – we’re expecting about 3000 to accompany the teams and welcome all locals interested in seeing some top displays of the game to also come along.”
About the tournament
• 60- 70 teams
• A total of 1050 participants
• About 3000 supporters/whānau
• Two days of touch action – Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December
• Venue: Westbrook Park, Devon Street, Rotorua
• Game time Saturday 5th December: 8am to 5pm
• Game time Sunday 6th December: 8am, finals begin midday
• Po whakangahau (celebration night): Saturday, 7.30pm at Energy Events Centre
• Awards: Sunday after conclusion of the last final
• Māori Touch NZ was established in 1998 to grow participation in the game
• Māori Touch NZ is a charitable, non-profit organisation committed to supporting positive, smokefree, alcohol-free, whanau-orientated events
• Go to https://www.sporty.co.nz/maoritouchnz for more information