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New Zealand Rugby Union National Māori Liaison Officer

Māori Rugby Development Plan 2008 - 2010

National Māori Liaison Officer

Tiki Edwards

Nga mihi kia koutou katoa.

Greetings to you all.

Hi, I'm Tiki Edwards, Māori Liaison Officer for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). This role is a joint initiative developed by NZRU and supported by Te Puni Kokiri.

To help promote, foster and grow the game of rugby for all Māori, we have developed the 2008 - 2010 Maori Rugby Development Plan made up of the following key areas:

  • Community.
  • Provincial.
  • Competitions.

“Me Mahi tahi tātau, kia manawa nui, kia toa.”
Work as one, in spirit and heart we are strong.

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Māori Rugby Development Plan

Māori rugby has a unique place within the wider New Zealand rugby landscape, and the talent and passion that exists within the Māori community sees Māori players proportionally over-represented, relative to the general population, in the professional playing ranks. 
The NZRU has the opportunity to foster and grow Māori rugby at the community level, through the existing tournament structures and with the introduction of specific development programmes.

Ongoing funding provided by Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK) is invaluable to the support of Māori rugby.

The NZRU Māori Development Plan forms part of the NZRU Community Rugby Plan 2008 – 2011 to “Get Them – Coach Them – Keep Them”.

The Development Plan includes three key elements:

  1. Community
    • Identify predominantly Māori schools and clubs that need assistance and develop strategies for them.
    • Provide upskill opportunities for quality coaches, referees, administrators, managers and trainers.
    • Identify future talent and provide them with youth development opportunities.
    • Expose top NZ Māori players, coaches and managers, past and present, to local Māori rugby communities.
  2. Provincial
    • Create strategic plans and development opportunities at local Provincial Union level.
  3. Competition
    • Inspire Māori to participate in Whanau and Iwi based rugby opportunities.
    • Provide aspirational pathways from Marae – Iwi - Club to representative levels.
    • Identify, upskill and expose quality people to higher honours and national selection.