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His Wairua or spirit is free, when maori pass they would go to rarohenga (the underworld) this involves travelling te ara wairua (the pathway of spirits) to te rerenga wairua (the leaping place of spirits). The Wairua would then descend to the sea.
By sliding down a root into the sea below. The spirit then travel underwater to the Three Kings Islands where they climb out onto Ohaua, the highest point of the islands and bid their last farewell before returning to the land of their ancestors, Hawaiiki-A-Nui.

'One of our tallest trees has fallen': All Blacks' heartbreaking tribute after Super Rugby star dies in car crash

This is going to be felt far and wide. He had so much skill and talent, representing the Māori All Blacks, Chiefs, Crusaders, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty with distinction.
Of Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi and Te Āitanga a Māhaki iwi. Doesn’t make sense 😢

'One of our tallest trees has fallen': All Blacks' heartbreaking tribute after Super Rugby star dies in car crash

Moe mai rā e te rangatira Sean Wainui

'One of our tallest trees has fallen': All Blacks' heartbreaking tribute after Super Rugby star dies in car crash

That was an amazing game for Wainui hadn’t played for 6 weeks, didn’t score a try that season.. then scores 5 tries in Sydney. Hard to believe that was his last game for the Chiefs 😢
kia okioki ia i runga i te rangimarie

'One of our tallest trees has fallen': All Blacks' heartbreaking tribute after Super Rugby star dies in car crash

I can’t believe it 😢 this is really devastating

I TE TĪMATANGA
KO TE KORE
Ko Te Pō-nui
Ko Te Pō-roa
Ia, ha ha!

Wehenga mātua
Herenga tāngata
He toa rangatahi
He toa rangatira.

Whakaki te maunga
Tae ki te whenua
Hoki ki te rangi
Tae ki te pukerunga
Ia, ha ha!

Piki ake, piki ake
Ki te ara poutama
Ki ngā taumatatanga
e Wairua,
Hinengaro
Tinana
Aue, aue, aue, hi!

In the beginning
there was nothingness,
then great dark forms
in the long night.
The separation of our parents
The binding together of mankind
Young warriors
Noble warriors
Aim for the mountain
to arrive at the plain,
and also for the sky
to arrive at the hilltop
Keep on climbing
via the pathway of wisdom,
to achieve excellence
spiritually,mentally, physically.

RIP Sean Wainui 😔

'One of our tallest trees has fallen': All Blacks' heartbreaking tribute after Super Rugby star dies in car crash

Don’t think many people actually know how good this team can be. It’s full of great players.. Think some Aussies will need to educate themselves. Tevita Is wicked. SA born Lappies Labuschagné is the captain, excellent, massive player. Centre Timothy Lafaele, will create issues for the Wallabies in the midfield… Japanese team is pack with quality, the front row can’t be underestimated as well. But their backline is extremely dangerous. Hope the Wallabies don’t think this will easy, it’s not going to be

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

Yeah.. tell that to South Africa or to Ireland who just beat them 39-31 recently, also the B&I Lions found out who hard they are to beat.. Rennie isn’t going to be dumb enough to underestimate them.

Why do you think Rennie said, they’re a genuine threat? Don’t want to look dumb going from beating The Springboks then losing to Japan before heading North, not worth the risk.

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

I can’t imagine many people being excited about Plumtree taking over. Needs an entire new coaching staff. Fresh ideas with new energy, the jersey is starting to lack mana. The whole ABs culture needs an upgrade.

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

Japanese are fast and furious. Totally agree, have to slow their ball recycling down. Should be a fun game to watch

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

Too safe.. We have him now. But I’m not going to be getting excited about the ABs under Fozzy. It’s going to be very interesting to see who’s next. One thing, I’m going to be really disappointed if Plumtree takes over. That just can’t happen, the All Blacks need a clean slate. Robinson or Joseph/Brown would be epic! Or possibly.. Dave Rennie once he’s done with the Wallabies 😛

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

Hard to imagine them all working together.. But if they did! It would revolutionise the ABs. That’s the one thing I was concerned about with Foster, he’s been involved with the All Blacks since 2012! How many more ideas can he come up with? I’m pretty sure we’ve seen everything he’s got to offer.. Years ago

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

Better coaches than NZ currently, Tony Brown is one of the most creative minds in NZ rugby, especially his backline moves and tactics. Jamie Joseph is just as good as Rennie, he’s always looking for an edge and not afraid to take risks to help evolve his team. Similar to Rennie with the Wallabies, can’t underestimate this coaching team.

Only advantage Rennie has is the quality of the team.. But it’s going to come down to strategy and the team that implements the game plan the best.

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

Bloody good win by Hawks Bay over Canterbury 👍 since 1968!

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

That’s cool man 👍 not sure what’s happening at Tasman? They were the team to beat! Taranaki is looking good again. Always looking at new prospects coming up.. Not many real stand outs, but plenty of potential

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

Just off topic.. have you been watching Hawks Bay? Damn they’re looking good! ABs should exchange backlines! There’s some wicked talent in that team

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

Cane has always been in the wars, still remember his blood covered head bandage vs the Springboks at Eden Park in 2013. he was epic in that series. Always getting smashed

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

Me too, no doubting his commitment.. But unfortunately his body isn’t cooperating. Broken neck, concussions.. shoulder. List is getting long. Test level isn’t easy. He’s a true warrior and I really hope he gets more time in Black.
His captain abilities I’m still not convinced by, but I will say Cane is a man who leads by example. Not so much, do as I say.
But do as I do. That is appreciated.

But the All Blacks are missing an intellectual thinker. Similar to Fitzpatrick, Fitzy was not only a great player but a great spokesman and now the chairman of Laureus. He was a great leader and tactical thinker.
Also, McCaw was extremely intelligent, qualified lawyer, successful businessman and entrepreneur. Great leadership skills and extremely intelligent, using his knowledge and understanding of the game to an almost warlord type of approach. Finding weaknesses in individual opposition players.. to finding loop holes in the law book to exploit. The All Blacks lack this creativity in its leadership.. it’s really starting to tell in the tight contests.

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

Big boots to fill after McCaw, but I wasn’t a big fan of his captain abilities. ABs still haven’t really found a solid solution for All Black Captain. It’s regarded as one of the biggest leadership roles in NZ .. next to AB coach.. then prime minister. Cane, I’m not really a big fan of his leadership either, Or Ardie Savea. Sam Whitelock is the only man I actually think is capable.. But still not the best.. The All Blacks have not found a true skipper sincr McCaw. Hopefully a decent one is coming up through the ranks.. somewhere?

Some of my favourites.. incase you’re interested. Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford was one of the best, also has one of the win ratios as captain.
Fitzpatrick was a legend, Brian Lochore.. But no one can go past Richie McCaw, best win ratio and over 100 tests.

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

High standards and expectations.. it’s the curse of the All Blacks.

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

The big thing for the ABs is the set piece, especially against teams who have similar styles as South Africa. Get the set piece running smoothly and the rest starts to get easier.. The All Blacks have Coles and Whitelock back, both are the best in the ABs lineout department. Whitelock is the Chief call maker, we missed him terribly against SA. Coles is the best at throwing in, also was missed against SA. Both would have watched the games against SA and will be wanting to fix the errors up. The loss to the Springboks was a good lesson for this team ahead of the NH tour. Plenty to work on for this tour. Ireland and France will be massive games. Both teams are waiting to catch the ABs by surprise.

Wallabies will need to be careful, they often allow a few wins to go to their heads. I’m very curious to see how Dave Rennie prepares his squad for this tour. Also interesting to see where Quade Cooper ends up. See if the old QC starts to emerge?

SA never really travel well, similar to this years RC losing three in a row. But one win over the All Blacks was all that was required to quiet down any talk of poor Performances and discipline issues. Anyones guess to see what they come up with on tour? Mix bag of results I’d expect.

Pumas… Gees, poor Argentina. They haven’t really fired a shot this year. Hopefully they can get a something happening soon.

What are each team's goals for the Spring internationals? Part 1

NZ isn’t playing against England

What are each team's goals for the Spring internationals? Part 1

Agree, I can recall I was one of them also.. Many Australians we’re getting very upset with the wallabies and Rennie. The wallabies were just patchy during the Bledisloe, the All Blacks took full advantage of it. Not many kiwis I know were blowing up the ABs tyres, majority are never satisfied with an All Black Performance. Despite winning the RC we’re still disappointed.

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

😂 no worries

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

Talented athlete, for most people SBW is a love/hate thing. Either love his ability and skills or despise him.
For me he’s a big unit who really brought the offload to a new level for the All Blacks, he’s a big dude that enjoyed the physical side of Rugby and league. Despite many thinking of him as a thug looking for a fight, he’s matured a lot over the past few years into a humble respectful person. Cooper owes SBW a lot.. a lot of people do, another example is the Muslims in Christchurch. He was a big influence, he offered his time and support to help heal the community.

Rugby World: What SBW owes to Mundine and Wilkinson, McMahon out of Japan clash, Faf's woe

Haha hope you didn’t spent to many hours scrolling through archives to find that out Nicholas 👍

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

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