SIR HOWARD MORRISON’S STAR & A LIST OF TOP MAORI NEW ZEALAND SPORTS STARS
“Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei”
Seek the treasure you value most dearly. if you must bow down at all, make sure it is to a lofty mountain.
–Ta Witi Ihimaera‘s favorite Maori proverb. As seen on Aoraki Bound website, Ngai Tahu Iwi.
Or in modern and ancient terms of Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding mothers and fathers team spirit:
be the mountain, you see.
Their news is:
Another champion All Black has scored the supreme Albie Pryor award for top Maori sportsperson for the second year in a row.
Rugby World Cup victor Piri Weepu took out the Senior Maori Sportsman title before being named Albie Pryor Memorial Maori Sportsperson of the Year at an Auckland black-tie ceremony tonight (December 3 2011).
Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa is hosting the 21st National Maori Sports Awards at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau.
In an article in UK newspaper The Telegraph on the eve of the Rugby World Cup final – ‘Rugby World Cup 2011: Haka leader Piri Weepu becomes the focus of attention in New Zealand’s battle’ – rugby writer Brendan Gallagher wrote:
“He not only represents the New Zealand; he is the Maori heart and soul of an All Blacks team, an individual who brings great pride in the considerable Maori hinterland of New Zealand rugby.
“The way he steadied the New Zealand ship has seen him morph into a superman figure in the adoring local press and poignancy was added to the Weepu story when he walked off the pitch after kicking seven penalties to defeat the Pumas only to be told that his much loved grandfather, Billy, had just died.
“He jetted down to Wellington and on to his home village of Wainuiomata to help organise the funeral but returned in time for the semi-final against Australia. This man is everywhere.”
All Black Hosea Gear took out the supreme prize in 2010.
The annual event – established by the late Albie Pryor – fosters, promotes and encourages Maori sportspeople in the pursuit of excellence.
The 2011 award recipients are:
ALBIE PRYOR MAORI SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR – Rongomaraeroa: Piri Weepu (Te Whakatohea, Ngai Tahu) – rugby
SENIOR MAORI SPORTSMAN – Te Tama-a-Tanenuiarangi: Piri Weepu (Te Whakatohea, Ngai Tahu) – rugby
SENIOR MAORI SPORTSWOMAN – Hineahuone: Lisa Carrington (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki) – canoeing
JUNIOR MAORI SPORTSMAN – Te Tama-a-Ranginui: Trent Woodcock-Takurua (Ngapuhi) – BMX
JUNIOR MAORI SPORTSWOMAN – Te Tamahine-a-Papatuanuku: Thea Awhitu (Taranaki Tuturu) – boxing
MAORI WORLD CHAMPIONS IN TEAMS AWARDS – All Blacks, Rugby World Cup: Piri Weepu (Te Whakatohea; Ngai Tahu); Israel Dagg (Ngati Kahungunu); Richard Kahui (Ngati Maniapoto); Zac Guildford (Ngati Kahungunu); Aaron Cruden (Ngati Raukawa); Corey Jane (Ngati Kahungunu; Te Atiawa); Corey Flynn (Ngai Tahu); Hosea Gear (Ngati Porou).
MAORI WORLD CHAMPION AWARDS: Jason Wynyard (Ngati Maniapoto; Ngapuhi) – woodchopping; Luke Thompson (Ngapuhi) – tae kwon do karate; Sam Sutton (Te Arawa; Ngati Tuwharetoa) – extreme white water kayaking; Chelsea Marriner (Ngati Ruanui) – dog agility; Jayne Parsons (Taranaki) – tandam cycling; Lisa Carrington (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki) – canoeing; Jan Khan (Ngati Rangitihi) – lawn bowls.
MAORI WORLD CHAMPIONS IN TEAMS AWARDS: Reuben Te Rangi (Ngapuhi) – 3 x 3 basketball
MAORI SPORTS MEDIA AWARD – Whakapaaoho Reo o Hinepukohurangi: Maori Television/Te Reo – 2011 Rugby World Cup Final
MAORI SPORTS COACH – Te Maru o Tumatauenga: John Love (Te Atiawa) – softball
MAORI SPORTS TEAM – Nga Ika a Whiro: Jason and Karmyn Wynyard (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngapuhi) – Jack ‘n’ Jill Saw
MAORI UMPIRE/REFEREE – Te Aratiatia: Miah Williams (Ngati Tamatera; Ngati Hako) – touch
DISABLED MAORI SPORTSPERSON – Te Toihuarewa: Jayne Parsons (Taranaki) – tandem cycling
MAORI SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR – Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga: Tony Kemp (Te Atiawa) – rugby league
The Maori Sports Awards – our people, our fair players, our passion, privilege, pride of place – List.
[Athletes pictures: John Love (softball coach - Marist). Jason Wynard & Friends, Bay of Plenty Times & Northern Advocate. Reuben Te-Rangi, Basketball NZ. Maiah Williams (referee touch rugby - Thames Valley Swamp Foxes). Rotorua Daily Post. Hosea Gear - Hosea Gear Blogspot Blog. Tony Kemp THC.co.nz. Jayne Parsons - Zimbio. Luke Thompson - Getty/ Zimbio. Lisa Carrington, Wanganui Chronicle.
Music: Mr Chris Knox, Not Given Lightly, Ms Hollie Smith & Don McGlashan Bathe in The River, from the movie No.2. And the original, Maori pop superstar, homegrown boy - Sir Howard Morrison complete with crazy cool Kiwi fans.
[Photo: Sam Sutton, Honza Lasco Washington - extreme white water canoeing snap shot - Team Hydraulics blog].
Alright Lisa Carrington and village friends in London, Kia Kaha & Good Luck! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.8.12~
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