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Thursday 3 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Rugby Union, Sports
After a closely fought game, the New Zealand Parliamentary Rugby Team and the Cook Islands squad with the referees pose for a team photo. 22103001
Minister of Sports
Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa captained the local side with league legend Kevin Iro as vice-captain.
Captain of the New
Zealand First XV was Mike Woodhouse, the National Member of Parliament. He was
supported by co-captains Mark Mitchell and Hon Damien O’Connor.
The intense game played
in four 15 minutes quarters saw the Cooks lead until the dying minute when New
Cook Islands coach
George Williamson said the game was a “tight, good rapid game”.
The intensity of
the game had frustrated locals passing remarks from the sidelines, however, the
referees soldiered on with the task of officiating the game.
are the sole judges and we do apologise for our attitudes, the referees did a
great job,” said Williamson.
“We are also
grateful for Kevin Iro for coming out to play – he was also selected best
player – and all the guys who turned up,” Williamson said.
The Sir Terepai
Maoate Trophy for the competition is kept at the New Zealand High Commission’s
residence, he added.
Former All Black
Tamati Ellison, Cook Islanders Alfred Ngaro (former NZ MP) and Thomas Tarurongo
Wynne also featured for the NZ side.
Tukaka Ama and his team hosted the turou welcome for the visitors at the
Ngatangiia/Matavera clubhouse before the start of the game.
After the game the
guests were provided dinner and cultural entertainment by Mark Short and his family
On Monday the New
Zealand team picked up discarded trash through town, doing their bit to help
keep the community clean.
Some members departed
on Monday evening including Michael Woodhouse.
Yesterday the rest
of the team had cultural marae tours and visited the vaka carving project at
Mike Tavioni’s gallery.
More community work
is scheduled for the team including a school visit to Apii Takitumu before they
head back on Friday.
The New Zealand
Parliamentary Rugby team chairperson is Barry Manning, secretary - Suzanne Yee,
treasurer - Steve Bradshaw and team management –Richard Guy, John Cribb, Greg
Betham and Sean Rota.