NZMRL Tuakana Tournament 2021

5 October 2021



He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata

Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure.


Following the latest Covid-19 announcement from government yesterday, the continued restrictions for Tamaki Makaurau, and the change to Alert Level 3 for Waikato, we feel that there is too much risk and uncertainty with our tournament being just over two weeks away.

Therefore, it is with much disappointment and regret that we, the NZMRL board, have made the decision to postpone our 28 th National Tuakana tournament for 2021.

Our priority must be on the safety and welfare of all players, administrators, whānau and spectators who make the annual haerenga to our tournament. Because of this we want to front foot the issue and make the best decision, through showing leadership and respect for all those involved with our Tuakana Tournament kaupapa throughout the motu.

Ae– it is disappointing, most definitely!

The changes in Alert Levels, and the fact that the rest of the motu is still in Alert Level 2 is a key factor that we can’t ignore as it has a huge impact on our tournament logistics and preparations, including:

a) the availability of tournament administrative staff (65% are based in Waikato, and 20% in Tamaki)

b) referee availability across the Alert Levels

c) Tamaki Alert Level restrictions, and

d) the continued uncertainty with shifting to Level 1.

However, there is a possibility that we may have an alternative option for early 2022, Waitangi weekend, to stage the tournament – we are currently exploring this. I do emphasise that it is early days, but we are posting it up early to give everyone time to consider this option and plan accordingly. The host venue will remain at Rotorua International stadium.

We do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused. We are all affected. It really is out of our hands. However, if we work together, we can find another way to continue with our kaupapa. Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua.

Noho ora mai, noho haumaru mai.


John Devonshire

Chairman, New Zealand Māori Rugby League

He waka eke noa.

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