Kawerau wins War Canoe Darts competition

Ko Kawerau te whakaihuwaka i te whakataetae kōpere o Te Pakanga o Ngā Waka i tū i Rotorua.  Ka riro mā rātou te whakataetae e hautū ā tērā tau,  te tau rima tekau o te whakataetae Māori nei. 

I timata ake tēnei tōnamana ki Kawerau I nga tau wha tekau ma iwa ki muri. Na wai ra kua tipu te rahi o nga kaitakaro kua whakatairanga hoki Te tonamana i ētahi kaitākaro kōpere toki ā motu. 

Hei tā te Kaiwhakahaere ki Rotorua a Trevor Thornorought, “We have actually bred from the time of this, tournament two NZ champions which are Herbie Nathan and Wilson Downs who sadly passed away who is from Kawerau both of them were the NZ single champions for two years in a row.” 

Ko te tōnamana pakanga ā waka tēnei mo nga kaitakaro kopere no Rotorua me Kawerau.

E ai ki tētahi Kaihākinakina a Wiremu Amoroa (Ngāi Tūhoe), “Kua tae mai ngā rōpū e waru kei konei, kei te tarei ki te ara, ara te taonga kei kona e takoto mai ana, he waka te taonga kei te tarei ki te whakahoki atu ki te kainga ki Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau.”

E waru ngā rōpū nō Rotorua me Kawerau e whakataetae ana. Hei tā Trevor Thornorough, kāpene mo Rotorua Ko rātou ngā toa whakaihuwaka o te taonga pakanga ā waka me te tūmanako ka mau tonu I a rātou I taua taitara.

“We are the title holders at the moment, the title holders hold the tournament for the following year so it's so important who wins this year is who is going to be organising it and running it next year and it's going to be a big event,” hei tā Thornorought.

Ahakoa i ūpoko māro a Rotorua, na Kawerau kē i whakararu i a rātou, ā, ka riro ki a rātou te mana ki te whakahaere i te tōnamana hei tērā tau.