The Marae Trust was pleased to host the All Blacks at Rangitihi Marae on Monday 21 September.

T.J. Perenara, who has whakapapa to Ngāti Rangitihi, brought  along his teammates, who together performed the haka and were welcomed onto the Marae by whānau. It was an unforgettable night for our tamariki, our kaumātua and all our whānau who were there.

After the All Blacks finished the haka, it was time for a meet and greet with whānau. We shared laughs, took photos and tamariki met their sporting heroes.

Later that evening, our kaumātua were able to witness the new All Blacks being presented their new jerseys in the wharenui.

Thank you to Marae Trustees, including Tally-Man, Rueben, and Api Perenara, for organising this, including the catering. Thank you also to the All Blacks team for coming out and making everyone’s night.

Another big thank you to T.J. Perenara for bringing the team to meet your whānau. As a role model for our tamariki, this kaupapa will have inspired them greatly.