Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

Rugby on the East Coast

Rugby on the East Coast

Members of the local Ruatōria team, the East Coast Legends, hongi (perform a traditional greeting) with the visitors, the Southern Spikers, at the end of a 'Golden Oldies' match. Many Māori start playing rugby as kids and continue even once they approach kaumātua status.

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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Flaxroots rugby – club and provincial level', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2020)

Story by Malcolm Mulholland, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015