Tasman 'showing disrespect for the Maori language' – rugby union explains 'Mako' renaming

Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Tony Lewis has explained the decision that sees the Mitre 10 Cup side renamed simply "Mako".

Having been the Makos for the past 11 years, Tasman have today confirmed they will be ditching the s at the end of their name. 

Speaking to TVNZ 1's Te Karere, Lewis said that the decision was made to honour the union's Maori heritage.

"We've been working with the eight iwi at the top of the South (Island) for the past 18 months," he began.

"It became clear from those conversations that we, as a union - and probably more important as a sport - were showing disrespect for the Maori language."

"Once it was pointed out that there was no 's' in the Maori language, it was a pretty easy decision from a board to make that call."

Union CEO Tony Lewis detailed the decision that sees the Mako drop the 's' from their name. Source: 1 NEWS

Iwi's 'pain and anguish' at plan to rename Great Barrier Island

An iwi which has occupied Great Barrier Island since the 1700s is outraged another group of iwi will officially rename the island.

The island, which lies off Hauraki Gulf and about 100km north-east of Auckland, will be renamed Aotea - Great Barrier Island by a group of Hauraki iwi, based from North Auckland to Coromandel.

It is one of 52 geographic sites across the North Island being renamed as part of the Pare Hauraki treaty settlement.

It's a small change on paper, but to the people of Ngātiwai ki Aotea, it means much more.

Ngātiwai Iwi trustee Aperahama Edwards said Hauraki had no right to make decisions over the island.

"It's almost impossible to describe the pain, the anguish [and] the grief that we are already feeling.

"Rights and interests have been afforded to Hauraki tribes by way of redress and one of them is the right to re-name Great Barrier Island. We believe that's our privilege, that's our right."

The name-change dispute adds to a long list of overlapping claims among iwi.

They occur when two or more iwi have ties to the same area of land, but the Crown recognises one group's rights to the land over another through settlement redress.

Mr Edwards said Ngātiwai had occupied Great Barrier Island for centuries.

"We have two marae there, we have whānau who remain there and keep the fires burning, our fires have never been extinguished.

"We're the only people that live there, everything. From a tikanga-based perspective it's our whānau that place rāhui and all of those sorts of things."

Ngātiwai are not the first iwi to oppose the Hauraki treaty settlement, which was signed last month.

In opposition to the settlement, 16 claims have been filed to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Pare Hauraki lead negotiator Paul Majurey has fiercely defended the iwi's historic connections and rights to different areas in the North Island.

And he continues to defend their rights on Great Barrier Island too.

He wouldn't be interviewed, but sent through a statement made by the Māori Land Court in 1998 that shows the iwi of Hauraki do have historic connections to the island - and have established wāhi tapu or sacred places there.

Ngātiwai kaumātua Opo Ngawaka lives on the island.

He said he was completely blindsided by the redress included in the Hauraki settlement.

"It's about our rights to make decisions on what goes forward here, and not something that sits behind closed doors.

"All of a sudden we get this picture of what they intend to do, and that's the difficult part of it."

Mr Ngawaka said Ngātiwai had made numerous attempts to meet with the people of Hauraki.

"There hasn't been any discussion back on our marae with them and if there is going to be a name-change come and talk to us on our whenua and on our marae and discuss this out.

"We would never do that to anyone else, it's not in our nature."

He said a tikanga-based process, where iwi resolved issues among themselves without the Crown involved, had been forgotten.

By Te Aniwa Hurihanganui


Sam Wallace takes a look at one of the best views Great Barrier Island has to offer.
Source: Breakfast


Watch: Former All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa, Julian Savea combine for brilliant long range try for Toulon

Former All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa and Julian Savea have combined for a stellar try in Toulon's big 33-3 win over Agen, at Stade Mayor in Toulon yesterday during a French Top 14 competition fixture.

Toulon led 19-0 at halftime over Agen with Fekitoa scoring a long range stunner late in the second spell.

In the 75th minute of the match, Fekitoa delivered a wide skip ball for Savea just outside Toulon's own 22 metre line, off a scrum set piece move.

Savea opted to kick, with the star left winger regathering the ball inside Agen's 22, before offloading the ball to Fekitoa who went in under the goal posts to score.

Toulon play Clermont Auvergne in their next Top 14 match this Sunday, at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin stadium in Clermont-Ferrand.

The pair came up with a bit of magic in their side's 33-3 win over Agen in the Top 14 competition. Source: Top 14 Officiel



'We need to be better' - TJ Perenara calls for All Blacks to lift intensity against the Pumas

All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara says his side need to step it up a gear against Argentina, as they look to lock away the Rugby Championship trophy for a third consecutive year.

A bonus point victory in Buenos Aires on Sunday will secure the All Blacks the trophy, with one more game next week in the competition against the Springboks.

The All Blacks star even managed to join in in the Argentinian capital. Source: ESPN

But Argentina will have some confidence going into their home Test against the All Blacks, after they defeated Australia 23-19 in the Gold Coast a fortnight ago and edged the Springboks 32-19 last month in Mendoza.

"We played them in Nelson and we won, but it was a tough game," said Perenara.

Shannon Frizell of the All Blacks on the burst during the Investec Rugby Championship match, All Blacks V Argentina , Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand, 8th September, 2018. Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Shannon Frizell of the All Blacks on the burst Source: Photosport

"I guess the opportunities they took into their game exploited some of our flaws. For a team to be able to do that, well, we take great pride in what we do out on the field and they dismantled us a few times out there.”

Argentina were competitive for the first 65 minutes of the Test in Nelson earlier this month, but were outclassed 46-24 by the All Blacks.

"We know the threats that they have and we just know, as a unit, we need to be better going forward," he said.

"If we play to the level that we played in Nelson, we don't know if that is good enough this time, especially over here in their back yard.

"We know we need to step it up and play better than we have played against them this year already."

The All Blacks suffered their first loss of the Rugby Championship to South Africa in Wellington two weeks ago, going down 36-34 at Westpac Stadium.

The All Blacks have a chance to wrap up the Rugby Championship trophy with a bonus-point victory in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Source: All Blacks TV


Watch: All Blacks take part in Buenos Aires street golf in Argentinian capital

All Blacks stars Ben Smith and Richie Mo'unga made the most of their downtime ahead of Sunday's clash with Los Pumas in Buenos Aires, taking part in some street golf.

In the Argentinian capital for a week in preparation for Sunday's clash, Steve Hansen's side have been out and about taking in the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires.

Smith and Mo'unga were accompanied by some of their teammates, having a quick hit about.

Mo'unga in particular felt the rub of the green, with his teammates moving the hole to see him come away with a lower score than Smith.

The All Blacks face Argentina in Buenos Aires on Sunday morning NZT.

Ben Smith and Richie Mo'unga made the most of their downtime in South America. Source: All Blacks TV