Welsh sevens players enjoy unique Rotorua experience

Welsh rugby sevens players learned how to perform the haka on their visit to Te Puia ahead of the New Zealand Sevens tournament held in Hamilton over Waitangi Weekend.

 

Players were also given a tour of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), taking in the sights of the new Wānanga Precinct which recently opened to manuhiri (visitors).

 

Tutors and students from the national schools of bone and stone carving, weaving, wood carving and the bronze foundry engaged with the team, showing them the various pieces being worked on.

 

Captain Luke Treharne said he and the rest of the squad felt privileged to receive such an insight into Māori culture.

 

"It's been amazing, the whole performance they put on and the welcome and going up on stage.

 

"A few of the boys have [faced a haka on the sports field], but I personally haven't. In sevens we only really see it if the Kiwis win the tournament, so we never actually have it done in your face - that was quite something," Treharne said.

 

He said Rotorua and New Zealand as a whole were "amazing".

 

"I like how Rotorua promotes Māori culture which is something all us Welsh boys are really interested in and intrigued by."