Māori hockey stars do battle in Rotorua

During Labour Weekend Rotorua was the place to be for Māori sports enthusiasts.

While the New Zealand Māori Rugby League National Tuakana Tournament was on at Rotorua International Stadium, just down the road, at the Smallbone Park hockey turf, hockey players from all over New Zealand competed in the Aotearoa Māori Hockey Tournament.

There was a wealth of talent on display at the hockey tournament, including former New Zealand representatives and many age-group representative players.

In fact, there were enough rising stars involved to attract women’s Black Sticks coach Mark Hager to watch the finals yesterday.

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