Here is what some of the whanau had to say about our tournaments.  We also spoke with a few of our Rangatahi and asked 'what it meant for them to be playing in the NZMRL Rangatahi Tournament' click on the video to hear their thoughts

NZMRL Teina Tournament

Kim Wineti

Hamilton, NZ

"Well done to the NZMRL Board, Chairman and those in the inside for bringing together this awesome opportunity for our tamariki mokopuna"

Tania Rennie

Sydney, Australia

"Congratulations for creating this fabulous opportunity for our moko.  The popularity of your tournaments is due to our whanau acknowledging being Maori first & league enables them to shine as Maori, future athletes and role models. Well done., Nga mihi"

Ricky Henry

Auckland, NZ

Well done to everyone that participated in the NZMRL Teina Tournament this weekend. Congrats to all management for making it a success for our Tamariki"

Charlotte Hape

Hamilton, NZ

"Good luck to all the kids that are playing today at the Teina Tournament in Hopuhopu. What a great opportunity for our kids to have at this age. Too much to JD and the crew for the vision. Have a mean weekend whanau. ‪ #‎gettingthatchance‬ ‪ #‎NZMaorisinthemaking‬"

Davina Moke

Hamilton, NZ

"For all our girls that LOVE THE GAME!!! Big ups to JD and the team for giving our girls a chance to pathway in a sport they love!!!! We've  got some happy whanau right now"

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NZMRL Rangatahi Tournament

Tania Ngataki

Waikato, NZ

"we would like to mihi to you the NZMRL staff for a well organized Tournament.  From start to finish, its got to be one of the best tournaments . Our Rangatahi got to represent there whanau, Iwi, hapu, doing hakas all day, for some this was an experience in itself.  The games were hard and fast which our boys loved , the van ride home was a buzz of wishing this Tournament didn't end, looking forward to next year" 

Mike Cudd

Auckland, NZ

"we would love to express to you all our heart felt thanks and huge appreciation at the way you run the Rangatahi Nationals. From the organization, to the communication and professionalism of this event, you fellas are just TU MEKE ! Our youth are truly blessed to be gifted such a stage and platform to perform on. To all the iwi that competed, the depth and level of competition was outstanding, making the lifting of the winning team trophy no small feat to accomplish.....what a journey!"

Jackie Harrison

Auckland, NZ

"This was my son's first year playing rugby league for Auckland U15 after being raised in rugby union. I know from his experiences in this tournament he has decided to switch codes.  My whanau and I thoroughly enjoyed watching our rangatahi play and being amongst the future players of this sport. Please express our sincere gratitude to all those who participated and supported this tournament. We are definitely coming back next tournament"

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NZMRL Tuakana Tournament

Debbie Terei

Auckland, NZ

"Kia ora John and all the whanau that worked tirelessly doing a great job! Congratulations for another very successful and entertaining weekend of Maori Rugby League.  Thanks for all the updates, its awesome for those whanau who could not be there!"

Hemi Poka-Paki

Tauranga, NZ

"Honoured to be witness to this awe inspiring event. MAURI ORA"

Tina Anne Campbell

Auckland, NZ

"It would probably be the biggest maori tornament I've seen for many years. The future of Maori league has definately been revived with mana and ihi after such an awesome tornament this year - 2014.  Congratulations to the NZMRL board for a magnificent tournament"

John Wetere

Auckland, NZ

"Congratulations on an awesome event NZMRL.  I was there to support my nephew who played for Kaipara.  I felt I was in the centre of the the Maori Rugby League World.....everybody walking around feeling proud to be Maori "

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