Te Taitokerau Māori Sports Awards winners

Winners of the 2018 awards are as follows:

Coach Award

Noelene Taurua (Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua, Ngati Rehia)

  • Silver Ferns head coach and a highly ranked coach in netball. Noeline has taken a new start up club (Sunshine Coast lightning) to back to back winners of the Australian Suncorp Super Netball championship – regarded as the worlds best international netball championship.


Community Service Award

Veronica (Ronnie) Tamati (Te Rarawa)

  • Ronnie has played a key role in support to the management, administrative and development of the Juniors participating in the local waka ama club Nga Hoe Horo, ensuring that juniors living in Pawarenga attend all necessary training that leads them on to the NZ Nationals at Lake Karapiro. Furthermore, Ronnie has helped organize and support the Pawarenga Broncos mens league team who participated in the Te Taitokerau Rugby League competition.

KaiMatariki – Harko Brown (Ngati Whatua)

  • have led and continue to lead in the development of nga taonga takaro initiatives. The roopu capture the interest and passion of other youth and people from all nations. 40 Far North youth of ages 11 – 24 were this year given leadership experiences and community service opportunities based around traditional Maori games


Disabled Sportsperson of the year Award

Cameron Leslie (Ngapuhi)

  • Gold medal winner for the 150m individual medley 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Champs in Cairns
  • Member of Wheelchair Rugby who attended World Champs in Sydney
  • Wheelchair Rugby National Champ – Winners


Junior Female Sportsperson Award

Killarney Morey (Te Rarawa)

  • NZ U18 Youth Girls AFL Kahu representative
  • named AFL New Zealand Female player of the year 2018.
  • NZ secondary schools netball team representative


Junior Male Sportsperson Award

Arapo Kellner (Ngapuhi)

  • 3 x Gold Medal 2018 Oceania wrestling championships
  • North Island, New Zealand Secondary schools and New Zealand Champion for weight category
  • Member of NZ Youth Olympic Team who recently travelled to Argentina and competed in Greco-Roman wrestling. 6th place



Official Award

Yves Brown (Ngapuhi)

  • Yves has been a sought after Ki-o-Rahi referee for many club, provincial, national and international competitions this year and is presently drafting a Ki-o-rahi Refs manual with the input of ki-o-rahi organisers around the country. Yves wants to see professionalism in ki-o-rahi refereeing.


Open Female Sportsperson Award

Portia Woodman (Ngapuhi)

  • Womens sevens winners 2018 commonwealth games
  • Winners of the women’s rugby sevens World Cup
  • Silver medal in the 2017-2018 world rugby women’s sevens series



Open Male Sportsperson Award

Adam Blair (Te Rarawa)

  • Capped 44 Test Matches for the NZ Kiwi rugby league team captaining the team for 2017 Rugby League world cup
  • Member of the NZ Warriors who were in top 8 for the first time in 7 years



Outstanding Marae Award

Taiao, Ohaki, Morehu – Pawarenga United Marae

  • The collective organise the Pawarenga sports day with activities ranging from chopping, horse races, athletic events, tug of war, cross country, whanau relays and much more as part of annual day fundraiser for the three marae. This event is to continue to draw back whanau to hold the life force (haa) of Pawarenga and continue to reconnect and find hauora within the time spent at home


Outstanding Team Award

Team Tai Tokerau (Masters 60 Women) –

  • Ngati Rehia Waka Ama Team Taitokerau – 2018 International Va’a Federation World Waka Ama Sprints – Triple gold medalist in Masters Women (60 years) V12 500 m, V6 1000 mtrs, V6 500 m


Service to Sport Award

Rusty Porter (Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngapuhi)

  • Has been an active boxing trainer, mentor & friend for many of young & experienced boxers for well over 20 years. He has guided many amateur & professional boxers to multiple titles. Rusty has also given support for kids that come from broken homes needing guidance and assurance.


Sports Administrator Award

Nichole Robinson (Ngapuhi)

  • Nichole has been the spearhead of many successful funding applications in 2017-2018 for the Kaikohe Rugby and Football Sports Club. Nichole has been apart of the current application, to have a Super Rugby match held in Kaikohe 2019. The countless hard-working hours has definitely been the key to a lot of the clubs success this year



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