Our Hakinakina Warrior for this edition is: Tawa Tekoea, Kaipara Holyoake
Whānau we would like to acknowledge this up and coming Polycrosse superstar who hails from Pouto. He is only 16 years of age and passionate about his culture and promoting Māoridom using polocrosse as his vessel. His whakapapa connection to Ngāti Whātua is through his dad Henry Holyoake and Nanny Gracie. His mum Dene helps keep him grounded and supports all of his sporting endeavours, every successful sportsman needs to have supportive parents, kapai korua!
The Holyoake whānau are passionate about horse riding and have been instrumental in supporting the Pouto Polocrosse Club and participate in the local Pouto Horse Sports every Labour Weekend.
Tawa has represented New Zealand in Polocrosse competing in Australia then on to play in South Africa in a selected Barbarian team with players from Australia, UK, Zambia and America and was awarded the 'best player of the tournament award'.
"I am extremely thankful and proud of my Māori descent and would love to be an ambassador for NZ Māori whilst representing my country in Polocrosse"
Polocrosse is a specialised sport that requires excellent horsemanship and racket skills and not for the fainthearted!
* It is a mix of polo and lacrosse.
* Field consists of six players on at a time, three per team.
* Two-horse minimum for each player.
* Points are scored by sending the ball through the opposition goal.
* Field measures 146.5m by 55m.
Tawa has also represented Northland on the rugby field and a great role model to all of our Rangatahi! Tawa also competes in the annual Pouto Horse Sports every Labour Weekend which has been running for 10 years. We will highlight this event in next weeks edition.
Here is a great write up about Tawa in the Northern Advocate: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503448&objectid=11621749
We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Tawa, kia kaha koe!
(Above image: Tawa competing in the Pouto Horse Sports 2019, Labour Weekend)