Young Māori footballers hungry for the Clash of the Cultures

Young Māori footballers hungry for the Clash of the Cultures


The Clash of the Cultures. It’s the annual football event
where Maori and Aboriginal representative teams of various ages
compete against one another. As Te Okiwa McLean reports, rangatahi Maori are preparing
for this weekend’s event by embracing their unique heritage
and culture. He’s a speedster and a trickster. This Northland player is also
a debutant to this squad. This under 14’s boys’ side
is in preparation for The Clash Of The Cultures
this weekend. Although this is Pickering’s
first appearance in the Maori jersey, he has already landed leadership
roles within the team. A quarter of the team
are veterans. One of them is Mahaki Rakena. His focus is to foster
the new boys coming through even though he’s the youngest
on the team. Telling them what to do, supporting them in what they do
like a whanau, as a team. It’s so we can become a brotherhood. Also, Maori culture
and all that comes with it is being embraced this year. This squad lost the test series
to Australia 2 – 0 last year, however, this year they are focusing
on their game strategies rather than winning. My goal is to know
that we’re giving it a go. It’s about supporting and uplifting
our whanau and iwi. The clash of the cultures between NZ Maori
and Australian Aboriginals will kick-off at 2 pm this Saturday
in Papakura. Te Okiwa McLean, Te Karere.

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