Basketball is a growing sport in this country if the trend continues; the game is tipped to be the country's most popular sport in high schools by 2020. 

The country's most northern town, Kaitaia has caught on to the trend with Manuera Riwai, a prominent figure behind basketball in the Far North has dedicated nearly 20 years to the sport he loves.

The community has seen the biggest numbers they've seen in years, with local competition now sporting adult and school leagues that run into the night every Wednesday and Friday.

But distance doesn't get in the way of Riwai as he's taking teams to national and international competitions with a special trip planned next month and his next big thing is to grow the sport on an indigenous scale.