Horowhenua Maori make Lions cloak

The Horowhenua Mail - - OUT & ABOUT - KEVIN NORQUAY

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has at last got to play a walk-on part in the Lions tour, pre­sent­ing cap­tain Sam War­bur­ton with a feath­ered Maori cloak, made by Horowhenua Maori, ahead of their clash with the Hur­ri­canes at Welling­ton Sta­dium.

Con­cus­sion symp­toms ruled Coles out of play­ing against the Lions, af­ter ini­tially been named in the All Blacks squad for the three-test se­ries.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said at the week­end that Coles had re­sumed train­ing af­ter be­ing al­most clear of those con­cus­sion symp­toms, but would not play in the se­ries.

While Su­per Rugby sides the Blues, Cru­saders and Chiefs did haka ahead of their games, and the High­landers pre­sented a cer­e­mo­nial Clay­more sword, the Hur­ri­canes opted in­stead for a korowai.

Made by Maori in Horowhenua on be­half of the Manawhenua and Te Ati­awa iwi, the cloak was named Tuia Te Tan­gata, mean­ing The Bind­ing of Peo­ple.

Tuia Te Tan­gata is said to rep­re­sent the weav­ing to­gether of the com­mu­ni­ties, cul­tures and lan­guages of the Hur­ri­canes fam­ily with those of Eng­land, Ire­land, Scot­land and Wales.

It was blessed by Wayne Tam­erangi Mul­li­gan, the chair­man of Te Ati­awa - Taranaki Whanui ki te up­oko o te Ika – and named with the help of iwi lead­er­ship.

The iwi were hon­oured to have been asked to pro­vide a taonga for the Lions and their sup­port­ers, Mul­li­gan said.

‘‘The Korowai, its name, and the nar­ra­tive pro­vide both physi- cal and spir­i­tual con­nec­tion between the Hur­ri­canes com­mu­ni­ties and those from the Bri­tish Isles,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a koha [gift] that em­braces and pro­vides warmth to all our hon­oured guests as the stay in Te Whanganui a Tara - Welling­ton.’’

Coles it was a fit­ting way of mark­ing re­spect for the Lions, as well as lay­ing down a chal­lenge.

‘‘The korowai will en­sure there is a last­ing re­minder that binds the two teams to­gether for­ever.’’

ROSS GI­B­LIN

Hur­ri­cane Dane Coles and Lions skip­per Sam War­bur­ton hongi af­ter the trea­sured korowai is pre­sented at Welling­ton Sta­dium.

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