Students win at netball carnival
The Taumarunui High School Gold Coast Netball team have returned, victorious, from the 2017 Gold Coast Netball Carnival.
The team won the Senior Shield U18 Senior division.
The team played for four days and won most of their matches, seeing them safely into the semi finals on Saturday.
They won their semi-final against Te Wharekura o Mauao [20-15] before going through to the finals on the same day.
A 24-10 win against Albany Senior College sealed the match.
The school joined four other New Zealand teams who competed in various divisions and won.
Before returning home the squad relaxed with a visit to Movie World, shopping and a Carnival dinner at Sea World.
They were receiving plenty of congratulations on Facebook before even setting foot back in the country.
The tournament started on July 8. It is a week-long netball carnival which is now in its 14th year.
This is the second time THS has competed at the carnival and it is set to become a regular event, every couple of years.
The win is the result of 18 months of commitment put in by the team. Players have been fundraising and every opportunity.
In the off season the team were busy with fitness training and developing skills leading up to the netball season.
The team also travelled to Hamilton on Monday nights to compete in the secondary league leading up to the tour.
Additional support has come from the business community practising at who sponsored individual players needing to come up with $2000 each.
Coach Melissa Taiaroa said it was a huge opportunity to offer the students a chance to develop their skills.
‘‘It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the life skills that go with that are massive.
‘‘A huge part of the whole journey from the first time they join the squad and touring is actually the life skills they develop along the way.’’
The students learnt how to budget and took on the responsibility and commitment of their own fundraising.
‘‘It’s a huge commitment, especially juggling it with their school work and part time jobs,’’ Taiaroa said. Nga¯ti Ha¯ua Iwi Trust has been recognised by the Crown and given the green light to negotiate settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.
The recognition follows careful consideration of Nga¯ti Ha¯ua’s mandating process from public submissions.
Nga¯ti Haua Iwi Trust Chair, Eugene Topine said the trust ran numerous hui and a postal ballot. The vast majority of valid votes supported the mandate, givng the Trust a strong position to begin negotiations.
‘‘Nga¯ti Ha¯ua Iwi Trust has worked hard to achieve a clear mandate from Nga ti Ha¯ ua and now with recognition by Treaty Negotiations Minister, Chris Finlayson and Minister of Ma¯ ori Development Te Ururoa Flavell we can move forward.’’
The Crown received six submissions regarding the Trust’s Deed of Mandate. Nga¯ ti Ha¯ ua will now begin discussions over the Terms of Negotiation.
‘‘Achieving a successful settlement with the Crown is crucial for the development of Nga ti Ha¯ ua.
‘‘It’s important that we now unite as an iwi and move forward together.
The Taumarunui High School Gold Coast Netball tour team come home winners from the Gold Coast.