Nation's response to Christchurch terror attacks makes Kiwis enforcer Martin Taupau 'proud to be a New Zealander'

Kiwis and Manly Sea Eagles prop Martin Taupau has hailed the response to Friday's horrific Christchurch shootings, as his side prepare to travel to face the Warriors in the Garden City in round three of the NRL.

Having moved to Australia as a 10-year old, Taupau has always been a proud ambassador for the Kiwis and New Zealanders in the NRL, shaken by the events that left 50 dead and dozens more injured when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques on Friday.

Speaking to the NRL's website though, Taupau says the response has emphasised what it means to be a Kiwi.

"It makes me not only proud to be a New Zealander but proud to be a human being," Taupau said.

"There's so much love going on around the world in support that gives me a lot of faith in humanity at the moment.

"New Zealanders are New Zealanders. We're all from one mother."

Both the Sea Eagles and the Warriors are eager to show their support for Christchurch in the wake of the attacks, and will be in and around the community during the build up to the match on March 30.

"It will be great for us to get in among the community and show our support not just as a club but also as the NRL," Taupau said.

"It's hard, it's a very sensitive subject to talk about, not just for there but for everyone globally.

"It's very sad and you feel lost for words."

Martin Taupau, Adam Blair and Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis perform the Haka
Martin Taupau, Adam Blair and Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis perform the Haka Source: Getty

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