PĀNUI PĀPĀHO / MEDIA STATEMENT
26 MAHURU / SEPTEMBER 2014
MĀORI SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONOURS LEAGUE AND GOLF LEGENDS
Legendary sports stars, rugby league player Stacey Jones and golfer Philip Tataurangi, will be inducted into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame, Te Whare Mātāpuna o te Ao Māori, at the National Māori Sports Awards later this year (Saturday 29 November 2014).
Stacey William Jones ONZM (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi) is widely regarded as the best New Zealand player of his generation.
The 38-year-old played 46 tests for the Kiwis from 1995 to 2006 – six tests as captain in 2002 and 2006 – and made a club record 261 NRL appearances. He also holds the record for most points (674) during his 12 seasons with the Vodafone Warriors.
Philip Mikaera Tataurangi (Ngāti Kahungunu) was the leading individual among a quartet of young men who became the first New Zealand team to win the world amateur Eisenhower Trophy in Canada in 1992.
Highlights of Tataurangi’s professional career included winning the 1996 Australian PGA Championship and the 2002 Invensys Classic on the PGA Tour. He is currently patron of the New Zealand branch of The First Tee, a charity which promotes character development in youth through golf.
A world-class field of finalists will vie for top honours in 10 categories at this year’s National Māori Sports Awards to be held at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on Saturday 29 November.
Set up to foster, promote and encourage Māori sports people in the pursuit of excellence, Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa was founded by the late Albie Pryor with Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu as Patron and Sir John Turei as Kaumātua.
Nominations close on 31 October 2014. More information is on the website www.maorisportsawards.co.nz
For more information, contact: Dick and Desrae Garratt, Te Tohu Taakaro o Aotearoa Charitable Trust, on phone +64 9 278 6591, fax +64 9 278 6582, mobile +64 274 901 237 or email email@example.com