A great day of fun was had at TrustPower Arena on Saturday 19 January for Pākura, a tournament for under 10 and 12 age groups.

This was the first tournament for Te Maru o Mauao, directly aligning with the purposes of the club to encourage participation of Māori in the sport. The first part of the day focused on fun skills, drills and whanaungatanga getting to know each other. We wanted to focus on our youngest players having lots of fun (pārekareka) and playing basketball. We had 5 stations being run by our most experienced coaches and supported by our older players.

A highlight was a team balloon race where each player had a ballon between them and the player in front. They couldn’t put their hands on the ballon and had to keep it off the ground. After a BBQ lunch, teams got dressed into their uniforms and took to the court for a few games. At the conclusion of the tournament each child received a brand new Avaro basketball and a goodie bag for participating. The tournament had participants from Tauranga Moana and Te Arawa (Rotorua).

A huge mihi to our whānau who joined us for the tournament and most especially to Coach Joe Broughton for leading the skills and drills section with club coaches Pauline, Manuel, Rawiri and managers Amie and Dave including referees Cliff Horne, Paris Urwin and Darcy Hika-Munroe, ka rawe koutou. Our tino choice photographer Ricki Nelson who captured cool moments and Shirley-Marie for all the administration and co-ordinating. What a day, thanks for your support, mauri ora.

We would also like to thank our sponsors and funders Te Puni Kokiri Moving the Māori Nation, Sport Bay of Plenty and Te Onewa Consultants.