Whanau / 20th century
Written by: Amohaere Houkamau
1 Oct 1999

The following story was originally published in the October 1999 edition of Nati Link. 

Tena tatou Ngati Porou otira i to tatou tima whutupaoro i wikitoria i te NPC 3rd Division. Ka mau te wehi o te takatu o te whitiki hoki o nga kaitautoko i a Ngati Porou i runga i te papa takaro o Whakarua  i a tatou i whakataetae ana i o tatou whanaunga o Turanganui-a-Kiwa.

During the last  month we have seen history being made, Ngati Porou East Coast made it into the semi-finals of the NPEC 3rd Division for the first time in eighty years as a provincial team,  then to win the Final, before a jubilant  home crowd of approximately 6,000 people.

Ka mau te wehi!

Of historical significance also is the fact that the Ngari Porou East Coast team derives from the smallest provincial union in the country and it is the only lwi sponsored team in the country.

Without a doubt the team's success has been rightly interpreted as an lwi success and the positive hype and recognition has contributed to a revival  of fierce 'Nati" pride and unity. And, if there was ever a time that we needed to unite, believe in ourselves as Ngati Porou, then it is now the eve of the year 2000 as we are set to lead the world into the next millennium.

The confidence gained from that one victory wipes out successive failures and demonstrates the principle "ma te wa". It was inevitable that Ngati Porou East Coast would one day rise to the occasion, and what better day to do that than when the name Ngati Porou is emblazoned on the sky-blue jersey.

Some people may say "hika what's all the fuss, it was one game of rugby. Others will tell you that the energy and enthusiasm generated by  the crowd and the game that day gave a renewed confidence  in the knowledge that if we put our hearts, minds and souls together on one kaupapa, then we can achieve anything.

No reira kia ora tatou katoa

Amohaere Houkamau

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