Ngāi Te Rangi Trustee Mate Samuels (Te Ngare, Ngāti Tauaiti, Ngāi Tuwhiwhia) has recently returned from representing the Bay of Plenty as a referee at the Gold Coast Carnival- Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament in Australia.
Mate was selected along with 7 other New Zealand Referees to participate in the Rugby Carnival that saw over 40 secondary school teams from across Australia and New Zealand compete in the week long tournament.
Te Wharekura o Mauao, were the first Māori Immersion School to attend the Carnival in it’s 25 year history, with many uri of Ngāi Te Rangi represented in the team.
Mate decided to take up the whistle two years ago and progressed rapidly through the grades refereeing premier rugby in his first year and being a regular premier ref for 2015. He was recently handed the Bay of Plenty first division senior final between Arataki and Rangiuru and has been selected to be an assistant referee in this years national ITM cup.
“Reffing is a great opportunity for anyone who may not be able to commit to playing anymore, but still wants to contribute to the sport” says Mate.
He encourages more Maori to give refereeing a go as there is great opportunities now to earn a living and travel the world. If you are interested in a career in refereeing contact Pat Rae on firstname.lastname@example.org.