Te Wharekura o Mauao Kotiro came seventh in the New Zealand Secondary School A Championships held in New Plymouth recently. It was a great effort with the team finishing very strongly. Five of the players are juniors, so this was a good experience for them playing at a national level. A highlight was the game against Te Aroha College, playing on the main court and live on Māori Television. Coached by Teimana Bennett (Ngāti Ranginui) and assisted by Antoine Coffin (Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi) and managed by Shirley-Marie Whata-Coffin (Ngāti Pikiao), Te Maru o Mauao have been sharing resources and coaching support during the 2018 season.