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3 March, 2021

Emerald says Kia Ora to Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day celebrations took place on and off the field.

By Ali Goddard

IN FEBRUARY a local community banded together to celebrate our neighbours across the pond. 

The Emerald community celebrated Waitangi Day Saturday, February 13, putting on a massive afternoon of Rugby Union. 

Men’s and Women’s teams both played, with each side representing New Zealand or ‘the rest of the world’. 

Treasurer of the Emerald Rams and President of Central Highlands Rugby Cameron Heath said the day was a huge success. 

“It was one of the biggest Waitangi Day celebrations we’ve had in the last six years,” Heath said. 

“We saw 1400 people come in over the course of the day. 

“There was a big turnout from the New Zealand community. 

“Everyone was keen to get out and support the day.” 

New Zealand players versus "the rest of the world". PHOTO: Morgan Burley

Heath said there were a lot of different events on that people got to enjoy. 

“The New Zealand teams did different Hakas, which was really enjoyed,” he said. 

“The teams all did really well to put on a great day of footy even though the score lines were tight. 

“There was live music after the games, and players hung around to celebrate their wins. 

“We would all like to thank the Emerald community for complying with our COVID-19 guidelines and for following the rules.” 

In the Men’s game, the final scores were 11 – 7 to New Zealand, and in the Women’s game it was 10 – nil to the rest of the world. 

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