I refer to Denys Latham’s letter [ KMN, September 14]. His diatribe regarding changing the name of Norths was not only inaccurate but insulting.
As an original participant in an initially small group within the Titahi Bay Rugby Club, I experienced the travails of the advocacy for consolidation of what is now our city’s and region’s primary rugby club.
It is not the proclamation of the ‘‘city fathers’’ as to how great we are, but the quality of the organisation, performance and administration. Denys asks, ‘‘Why no mention of Porirua?’’ To be frank, Denys was absent in the debate and advocacy for the establishment of the Northern United Rugby Football Club. Denys, it’s too late for you.
I applaud his long-term commitment to ParemataPlimmerton Rugby Club, as it was, but that does not give him the right to overrule the years of investment that have gone into present-day Norths.
History belongs to participants, not spectators. Unfortunately, Denys does not understand where Norths came from and it is a truism of life that if you don’t know where you came from, you’ll not know where you are going.
The fact of the matter is, the agitation started by a group of senior players from the four clubs of the region for recognition by the Wellington Rugby Football Union of the emerging talent in the area eventually saw Tawa and Paremata-Plim oppose any change. Consequently, Porirua and Titahi Bay were left to fight on their own.
The birth of Northern United RFC was the agreed name that reflected the determination of the oldest and youngest clubs – Porirua and Titahi Bay respectively – stopping the pillaging of our emerging players to the ‘‘town’’ clubs.
- KEN DOUGLAS, Porirua City Council – western
ward. Mr Douglas is a candidate in the local body elections – Editor.