Tēnā koutou katoa - Greetings
Firstly, we share our sincere thoughts, prayers and aroha to you all. In these unprecedented times please know that your health and wellbeing, and the health and wellbeing of all our whānau throughout Aotearoa is paramount. The challenge of Covid 19 is real, and there has been much written and spoken about the pandemic by the experts in the hauora field. I can only reiterate their messages and encourage you all to continue to heed their advice and instructions. Kia kaha tātou. WE CAN DO THIS!
Recently the NZRL released a statement informing of the cancellation of all their fixtures and tournaments for the 2020 season. The NZRL has seen fit to make this call, and we respect their decision. However, although we the NZMRL are an affiliate of the NZRL, we want to clarify that our board has not made the same decision regarding our tournament activity. Instead we want to highlight the following information regarding our tournaments:
Rangatahi (Postponed) New date to be confirmed
Teina (Postponed) New date to be confirmed
Tamariki (No Change) September 24 & 25
Tuakana (No Change) October 24 & 25
Work is underway on the planning and preparation of our tournaments in readiness for when our country comes out of lockdown and we get the “go ahead” to hold events again. I must also highlight, that our priority reamins the health and well-being of all whanau involved with our tournaments. Therefore, we will only consider and run our tournaments when we are authorised to do so.
We know that the situation is similar for the Pasifika tournaments. These tournaments are currently:
13’s & 14’s, Auckland, October 3 & 4
15’s & 17’s, Auckland, October 24 & 25
Do know that we are determined, where at all possible, to continue with our tournaments. We may also be faced with the reality of having to run only one or some of our tournaments. We also know that the timeframes may be tight, and that some teams may no longer be able to participate as a result of this pandemic. And of course, there may be pūtea constraints given that the whole country is facing economic / financial pressures which will almost certainly affect some of our whānau as well as NZMRL.
I make no excuses in that NZMRL are under the same pressure, and that the tournaments that we know may have to change slightly for this year. But remember that the board are still working through this, so we will let you know as soon as we have the plan in place. Therefore, if I could encourage patience on all fronts, this would be very much appreciated. Kia kaha tātou.
Ngā mihi nui. Noho haumaru mai e hoa mā.
John Devonshire (JD)