Stu­dents win at net­ball car­ni­val

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

SUPPLIED

The Tau­marunui High School Gold Coast Net­ball tour team come home win­ners from the Gold Coast.

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