Featured rugby artist creating play in New Zealand’s most loved game of sport, Mr Shane Christie. Click on his pic to discover Crusaders Rugby‘s new look line up. Shane Christie is a “Maori Sports Star” playing for the South in 2013 in the forward pack.
Shane had a stellar year of rugby in 2012 playing well for Tasman and making the Maori All Blacks selection too on the European Tour. Shane has some pretty big shoes to fill in 2013 for the South.
Can’t ever mess about… Karawhiua… Go man go.
Photo: Getty Images via Zimbio.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.12.12~
Billboard of the Day: High Jeans.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.11.12~
Jarrad Hoeata of New Zealand plays a bit of rugby in Europe sometimes.
Jarrad plays local club rugby and also for the Maori All Backs New Zealand side 2012.
Hoeata is of the Ngati Kahungnungu Iwi.
A 2011 photo, Getty Images via Zimbio.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.11.12~
Rugby European Tour Sports News:
The Maori All Blacks have beaten Canada 32-19 on their European Tour two tries to one. Twenty of MABs points were scored through the air above the grassy pitch from eight successful kicks.
Results: Maori All Blacks 32 (Andre Taylor, Charlie Ngatai tries; Willie Ripia 6 pens, 2 con) Canada 19 (Ray Barkwell try; James Pritchard 4 pens, Connor Braid con) HT: 19-9.
Rugby News: After a thumping in their first test in England, New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks have fared well in their second test match.
The New Zealand Herald reports: “Championship XV 52-21 in Doncaster: The Maori were well beaten by English club side Leicester in their first game but quickly found their rhythm today, scoring eight tries to two in the victory.
Coach Jamie Joseph had made seven changes to his team, who built on the two first-half tries scored by Kurt Baker and Hika Elliot to run in six more by Declan O’Donell, Trent Renata, Elliot Dixon, Frae Wilson, Romana Graham and Jackson Willison.
NZ Maori 52 (Declan O’Donnell; Kurt Baker, Hika Elliot, Trent Renata, Elliot Dixon, Frae Wilson, Romana Graham, Jackson Willison tries; Willie Ripia 5 con; Renata con) bt Championship XV 21 (Dante Mama, Rhys Cranetries tries; Tristan Roberts con, 3 pen”
A good effort. Pai rawe.
Video and latest All Blacks Italy test rugby commentary can be viewed @TheKickIt.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.11.12~
Matthew Tate is on the bust with ball in hand. Photo: Superxv.com.
Rugby News: The Maori All Blacks team in the debut match in England, clocked up 24 points. However it was not enough for a victory.
Stuff.Co reports: ”Maori All Blacks lost their UK tour opener against England club side Leicester today. The Tigers who regarded the win as epic, won 32-24 in a match played at their Welford Road ground.”
The last ten matches for the MAB’s side since 2007, the team had won. June, 2007 saw the MAB’s lose 13-17 to the England Saxons.
The MAB’s team coach Jamie Joseph‘s side paid the price in a lack of discipline under pressure, as Tigers first-five George Ford kicked six penalties which proved the difference.
This means that the MAB’s could improve with several speciliast kickers in the team while not giving away penalties too. The experience abroad is fantastic for the new Maori All Blacks side in England. Good on the Tigers for earning a win.
Photo: George Ford excels at kicking duties for the Leicester Tigers. Photo credit: Leicestershire.co.uk.
Results:Leicester Tigers 32 (Niall Morris, Adam Thompstone tries; George Ford 2 con, 6 pen.) Maori All Blacks 24 (Frae Wilson, Tim Bateman, Charlie Ngatai tries; Willie Ripia 3 con, pen.)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.11.12~
So, some joyous Maori bros arrived in England for a few games of rugby football and to compliment the All Blacks team already in Europe. Here’s Scotty & Te Karere Team’s news footage.
What Hika Elliott said: “To come here to heathrow and be welcomed by a haka, you know it just seems like we’re back at home. It was awesome to see that and hopefully we can build up some support around here and get some followers, it would be awesome.”
What Jamie Joseph said: “In terms of the rugby preparation we’ve done a couple of days in Auckland, but not nearly enough for a competition or an opposition like Leicester (more…)
“We are very excited about this tour to England as the programme offers an excellent opportunity to display the depth of talent we have.”
–coach Jamie Joseph on why touring England is going to be fun and good for rugby.
Sports Rugby News: Maori All Blacks schedule:
13 November, v Leicester Tigers, at Welford Road Stadium
17 November, v Championship Select XV, at Castle Park
23 November, v Canada, at Oxford University.
The team’s sponsors are:
Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (Tour naming rights)
BNZ has 3 year sponsorship deal.
What this team needs: An equivalent of AIG backing them.
Whose working on that then? Got to be great for rugby if sponsorship levels were increased of the Maori All Blacks. Creates more opportunity for New Zealand and the sports code entire, when that happens.
We’ve got to show equality more in sports in New Zealand. Maori share the country of New Zealand with everyone. So Maori should not be excluded from a rugby side that is Maori under rugby union rules. Like, if you can have a team from Fiji you sure as hika can have a Maori team, yeah?!
Who in team management is working on securing sponsorship? Development funding?
[Photo: Nick Crosswell made the Tour squad, Photo Peter McIntosh, Otago Daily Times].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.12~
Sports News: Coach Jamie Joseph of the Maori All Blacks New Zealand team has announced Tanerau Latimer as captain.
The golden dream team are: Forwards: Hika Elliot (Ngati Awa – Hawke’s Bay), Quentin MacDonald (Rangitane – Tasman), Ben May (Ngati Maniapoto – Waikato), Bronson Murray (Ngapuhi – Bay of Plenty), Ben Afeaki (Ngati Awa – North Harbour), Jacob Ellison (Ngati Porou – Otago), Jarrad Hoeata (Ngati Kahungunu – Taranaki), Jason Eaton (Ngati Apa – Taranaki), Romana Graham (Ngati Apa – Waikato), Ross Filipo (Muaupoko – Wellington), Nick Crosswell (Ngati Porou – Manawatu), Tanerau Latimer – captain (Te Arawa – Bay of Plenty), Elliot Dixon (Ngapuhi – Southland), Karl Lowe (Ngati Kahungunu – Hawke’s Bay), Shane Christie (Ngati Kura – Tasman).
Backs: Jamison Gibson-Park (Ngati Porou/Nga Tai – Taranaki), Frae Wilson (Ngati Rangi/Te Ati Awa – Wellingon), Willie Ripia (Ngai Tuhoe – Bay of Plenty), Tim Bateman (Ngai Tahu – Wellington), Jackson Willison (Ngati Mahuta – Waikato), Charlie Ngatai (Ngati Porou/Te Whanau-a-Apanui – Wellington), Declan O’Donnell (Ngati Tuwharetoa/Ngati Porou – Waikato), Andre Taylor (Ngati Tuwharetoa/Ngati Kahungunu – Taranaki), Kurt Baker (Ngapuhi – Taranaki), Trent Renata (Ngati Maru – Waikato), Kade Poki (Te Ati Awa – Southland).
How truly grand. :)
No te mea e totoro atu ana toku ringa ki te rangi, me taku ki ano, I ahau e ora tonu nei.
Ka pū te ruha, ka hao nga toa mauri me te ihi.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.10.12~
I just tuned into the Marae Investigates TV program. Willie Jackson and Scotty Morrison were discussing the NZ All Blacks rugby football team. Liam Messam and Piri Weepu were the shizzle. Hosea Gear should have played better. And the New Zealand Maori All Blacks team when they go on tour, should really be playing England and Wales to help these two teams get up to speed with their level of international rugby. Not a bad idea at all! There’s a lot of talk too on the Q+A program about jobs creation, water’s economic profits distribution flows and water’s conservation, and the NZ government still flogging the horse of selling the New Zealand citizens’ owned assets program.
In regards to jobs, I often wonder how we can create more without stripping the landscape so much. Renewable flows as products are more sustainable (like dairy as grass that makes milk regrows itself, whereas coal does not for example) to develop. Of course we need a blend of non-renewable exports and renewable exports leaving NZ, right at this time. We’re in the red as a nation and need to get out of that quagmire of vampiric debt. The Maori All Blacks on tour should help show England, Wales and rugby fans of the world, the creative strength of Maori in creating play. These are the skills also needed to grow an economy from a gridlocked position, into one that is thriving, through decreasing debt by creating more.
Talk is cheap. Promises are mirages without delivery. Promises not delivered on are not as real as an awa (a river) before us. (more…)
Press Release: New Zealand Maori All Blacks News: “The New Zealand Maori rugby team will head to the northern hemisphere in November to take on the Leicester Tigers, Canada and a RFU Championship select XV.
Hosted by the Rugby Football Union, the Maori side, who will again be coached by Jamie Joseph, will arrive in England on November 7, before facing nine-time English champions Leicester on Tuesday, November 13.
The squad will then travel further north to Castle Park where they will take on a RFU Championship select XV on Saturday, November 17. (more…)
"Fill up my cup, mazel tov"--Yiddish song lyrics
Alright, it’s the photo rugby football fans and rugby league fans have all been waiting to see on the website, Mr Sonny Bill Williams of The Chiefs, modelling rugby football’s latest silver trophy.
Photo caption: Liam Messam & Sonny Bill Williams (R) of New Zealand’s All Blacks celebrating after beating Australia’s Wallabies’ in their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Auckland August 25, 2012. Photo: Nigel Marple for Getty Images, courtesy of Yahoo Sports.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
A few weeks ago I watched a TV program about New Zealand’s immigrant settlers and their contributions to New Zealand’s South Island Communities. Kees Meeuws zooms us in on the remarkable stories of New Zealanders in the South.
Thanks Kees. Rock on!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
Multi-talented rugby football stars Piri Weepu and Aaron Smith could play for either the Maori All Blacks and, or the New Zealand All Blacks rugby football teams.
The new friends both show talent in the scrum half, or half back position of the rugby football sporting code.
In today’s paper, they remind us all to smile more in Aotearoa New Zealand - through the storms. :)
[Photo - Brett Phibbs].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.6.12~
Today the Wall Street Journal asks: Why are women missing in Asia’s board rooms? Photo caption: European Pressphoto Association
Some news links from the USA we’re reading today are:
International spotlight – Afghan Massacre Ended as Search Began
Mrs Clinton plays a gender card: ‘Extremists’ Out to Control Women
Florence Art – Clues to a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci
The Hunger Games – The Texas version: Texas Teens Rob Girl Scouts
International news: Israel Air Strikes Kill 18 in Gaza
US opinion- What Greece Means
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Are vegetarian columnists killing the meat industry? All red meat is bad for you, study finds
Developing children’s books for adults - Lissa Price‘s sci-fi novel ‘Starters’ isn’t just for kids
WSJ: Are women missing from Asia’s board rooms? Peep it.
[With thanks to Matt Drudge, CNN, New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.3.12~
Hosea Gear‘s ta moko artistry that he exhibits in the forum of rugby football’s globally watched sporting arenas, is Indigenous Peoples’ artwork of New Zealand that makes all New Zealanders very proud of our Maori rugby football stars and leaders in communities across New Zealand and Asia-Pacific.
Being Kiwi is about being visible in fun and skillfull ways. It’s about an uplifting mountainous feeling.
[Photo - Radio Live's website].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com. Aotearao New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.2.12~
Stunning because of its simplicity in black with gold leaf, gold dust, bruised metallic oxides and framed in wood from a recycled demolition window frame is this piece by Kiwi artist Sir Ralph Hotere (or Hone Papita Raukura). Titled Lo negro sobre lo oro, it is just one example of why New Zealand loves Sir Ralph Hotere’s profundity as a Maori-Kiwi artist with a unique vision of the world.
To see, jet here. To experience a view of the world at this moment, click on Sir Ralph’s window art piece.
Or, you can read Hone Tuwhare‘s poem Rain that defines the many layered depths of Sir Ralph Hotere’s soul as an artist of great depth.
I can hear you
making small holes
in the silence
If I were deaf
the pores of my skin
would open to you
should know you
by the lick of you
if I were blind
special smell of you
when the sun cakes
when the wind drops
But if I
should not hear
smell or feel or see
you would still
wash over me
[Copy as cited on Poet Freak.Com's Website today]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.1.12~