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TVC go to the top

May 23, 2017 12:28PM

WAIAPU took their main men across to play TVC at Whangaparaoa in the second week of Round 2 of the East Coast senior club rugby …

Hicks Bay overcome fast-starting United

May 22, 2017 12:53PM

TOKOMARU Bay United burst out of the starting gates in their East Coast club rugby game against Hicks Bay at Wharekahika on Saturday, but Hicks …

Toka out of Coast comp

May 19, 2017 11:15AM

TOKARARANGI have withdrawn from the East Coast Rugby Union club competition. The club had a meeting last night to discuss the way forward, and decided …

Tawhiti show their mettle

May 16, 2017 11:49AM

Waiapu v Tawhiti During the warm-up to the early East Coast club rugby game at Tokomaru Bay Domain, Waiapu forwards leader Tripoli Poi stressed that …

Uawa-Hikurangi clash has it all

May 11, 2017 2:55PM

MOST of the East Coast club rugby action on Saturday will be in Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay. Starting with the southernmost clash, Uawa play …

Uawa break Ruatoria's run

May 9, 2017 12:37PM

THE game started seven minutes late, but Uawa flanker Rikki Kernohan made up for lost time in East Coast club rugby on Saturday. He took …

Referees need support to maintain standards

May 9, 2017 12:33PM

THE East Coast rugby fraternity should be grateful to all those who step up to take the role of referee. I am. Upholding the rules …

Pivotal battles on Coast

May 4, 2017 2:14PM

EAST Coast senior rugby teams face another set of pivotal battles in the final week of the first round of the competition on Saturday. At …

City still top of Coast table

May 2, 2017 12:17PM

COMPETITION leaders Ruatoria City won a close-fought game against fourth-placed Waiapu 32-22 in East Coast club rugby in Ruatoria at the weekend. It was the …

Tokararangi will give TVC a good workout

April 27, 2017 2:08PM

TVC will take their newly discovered art of second-half rugby across to Te Araroa Domain on Saturday to play Tokararangi in the eighth week of …

Fast start pays for Waiapu

April 26, 2017 9:04AM

WAIAPU weren’t hanging around when they hosted Hicks Bay at George Nepia Memorial Park on Saturday. Within five minutes of kick-off in this Week 7 game …

Tough at the top

April 20, 2017 12:54PM

THREE weeks remain in the first round of the East Coast club rugby competition, and there’s no room to move at the top of the …

Uawa make successful foray north

April 18, 2017 9:50AM

IT’S always serious when Uawa drive into Te Araroa Domain to take on Tokararangi. On Good Friday, Uawa co-coaches Peter Crawford and Tip Nukunuku supervised …

Hiku score more tries but City win game

April 18, 2017 9:41AM

RUATORIA City second five-eighth Nathaniel Fox kicked three conversions and two penalties to supply vital cream for City as they beat Hikurangi 32-29 at Whakarua …

Aiming to climb table

April 13, 2017 12:49PM

THERE can be no better way to spend Easter than to head up State Highway 35 and enjoy some tough tussles in the sixth week …

Three teams still unbeaten

April 11, 2017 12:50PM

TWO very different games entertained a large crowd at Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, on Saturday in Week 5 of East Coast club rugby. Three teams remain …

Whakarua Park to host unbeaten trio

April 6, 2017 12:52PM

THREE teams are unbeaten as the East Coast club rugby competition enters its fifth week. All three unbeaten sides will play at Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, …

Intriguing clashes right along the Coast

March 30, 2017 3:03PM

EAST Coast club rugby’s game of the weekend will be TVC’s clash with Uawa at Whangaparaoa. TVC have shot out of the gates this year …

Ruatoria win tough match

March 28, 2017 2:27PM

RUATORIA City beat Tokomaru Bay United 27-18 in the first of the East Coast Rugby Football Union club rugby double headers at Whakarua Park on …

Coast teams look to build from their own

March 23, 2017 3:06PM

IT is only early days in the Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby competition but TVC’s two convincing wins have them setting the pace. They …

United bounce back

March 20, 2017 12:41PM

THREE close games at Te Araroa, Whakarua Park and Tokomaru Bay — and another at Tolaga Bay where Uawa were back to strength — made …

Close games ahead

March 17, 2017 2:33PM

AS Ngati Porou East Coast rugby heads into its second week of club games, spectators have their first chance to see TVC, Tokomaru Bay United …

Breath of life for tourism as Te Puia Springs Hotel changes hands

March 15, 2017 10:58AM

ONE of the East Coast’s remaining historic hotels has changed hands. Shiu Liu, known as Job, is the new owner of Te Puia Springs Hotel. …

Hikurangi win final ‘rematch’

March 14, 2017 11:14AM

A LATE run of points blew out the scoreline in Hikurangi’s 37-11 victory over Uawa in a rematch of last season’s Ngati Porou East Coast …

Allen to lead Coast in Te Tini a Maui tourney

March 10, 2017 10:35AM

RUATORIA City players form the core of the East Coast representative team playing in the central region Maori tournament, Te Tini a Maui, in Masterton …

Coast on the rebuild

March 10, 2017 10:31AM

CHURN has hit Ngati Porou East Coast clubs again as the nine-team, two-round senior rugby season starts tomorrow. Competition games are scheduled each weekend except …

Men’s health focus of East Coast ride

February 28, 2017 8:55AM

THE group of cyclists in stylish gear heading up the Whangara B5 hill on State Highway 35 was more than a few mates out on …

$5000 target a walk in the park at hikoi

November 29, 2016 10:26AM

THE Tolaga Bay community surpassed its target of $5000 on Saturday when 350 people walked around Uawa Domain at the Hikoi Hei Hapai. Organising committee …

Union names squads for regionals

November 26, 2016 11:00AM

NGATI Porou East Coast Rugby Union has named women’s and men’s sevens squads for the Levin regional competition on December 9, 10 and 11. Qualifying …

The real Wgtn issue — taonga and people

November 19, 2016 11:28AM

Following the Kaikoura earthquake and the damage to buildings in Wellington’s CBD there is a renewed focus of debate about moving New Zealand’s capital away …

Invitations lapped up by visitors

November 15, 2016 3:23PM

VISITING teams took the honours in the Poverty Bay Invitation sevens tournament at Rugby Park on Saturday, Napier Tech winning the cup final 29-5 and …

Coast open with a burst

October 10, 2016 10:09AM

NGATI POROU East Coast began strongly in their Heartland rugby match against King Country at Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, on Saturday, trailing by just 22-16 at …

Barry Cup challenge withstood

August 30, 2016 10:17AM

THE Uawa rugby sub-union withstood a strong challenge from Matakaoa on Sunday to ensure the Barry Cup will spend another summer in Tolaga Bay. Matakaoa …

Coast mission wins green award

August 7, 2016 9:01AM

TOLAGA Bay’s Uawanui collaborative catchment management project has won the 2016 Green Ribbon Award for Protecting our Biodiversity. Environment Minister Nick Smith and Conservation Minister …

Lewis was always going to be a Hiku man

July 23, 2016 9:38AM

IT WASN'T hard for Horace Lewis to decide on a rugby club on the East Coast. His No.1 supporter — his mother Millie (née Tuhura) …

Coast favourite calls time

July 23, 2016 8:34AM

BULLOCKING forward Horace “Horse” Lewis has announced he will pull the plug on a stellar 42-year rugby career after the Ruatoria sub-union’s Barry Cup challenge …

Hikurangi Coast champions

July 18, 2016 10:31AM

A 20-MINUTE spell of their 10-man game won Hikurangi the East Coast club rugby final on Saturday. They beat Uawa 18-16 at Tolaga Bay Domain. …

Mountain meets the river

July 15, 2016 11:31AM

UAWA and Hikurangi have followed very different paths to the final of the Ngati Porou East Coast senior club rugby competition this year. But supporters …

Coast finalists sorted

July 12, 2016 2:31PM

UAWA and Hikurangi will meet in the final of the Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby competition at Tolaga Bay Domain on Saturday. Uawa beat …

Countdown to the semifinals

July 7, 2016 1:30PM

It’s semifinals time for East Coast senior rugby. To quote Hikurangi stalwart Doone Harrison: “And then there were four”. Yes, four teams have prevailed in …

Semifinalists decided on the Coast

July 5, 2016 1:12PM

TVC, Ruatoria City, Tokararangi and Tokomaru United were vying for two places in the semifinals of the Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby competition when …

All will be made known on Saturday

June 30, 2016 4:20PM

Finally, an end to Coasties’ speculations. The last games of the extremely close Ngati Porou East Coast preliminary club rugby competition round will be played …

Forwards dominate in the wet

June 28, 2016 10:38AM

Filthy conditions across the top of the East Coast and Eastern Bay of Plenty ensured a fabulous day for scrappy, forward-dominated, low-scoring, wet-weather rugby on …

East Coast action all north of Waiapu

June 23, 2016 11:39AM

ALL the Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby action will be north of the Waiapu River on Saturday as the southern conference teams — Tawhiti, …

Tokomaru test Uawa before pressure tells

June 21, 2016 10:52AM

UAWA came alive in the second half to beat Tokomaru United 34-14 in East Coast senior rugby at Uawa Domain on Saturday. The score doesn’t …

Tense club day on Coast

June 16, 2016 2:23PM

NGATI Porou East Coast club rugby will be tense on Saturday as the competition’s top clubs, Uawa and Tokomaru United, battle it out at Tolaga …

Hikurangi ease into East Coast top four

June 14, 2016 12:28PM

HIKURANGI hit their straps in the second half of the Ngati Porou East Coast senior rugby game at Ruatoria to beat Tokomaru United 38-14 and …

Destounis to line up against Hikurangi

June 9, 2016 12:52PM

TOKOMARU United are looking forward to unleashing East Coast triple try-scorer Stefan Destounis against Hikurangi in the ninth round of the Ngati Porou East Coast …

‘It just feels like the right place to be’: Ensor

May 31, 2016 3:05PM

HIKURANGI ended Uawa’s six-match winning streak 28-20 in an East Coast club rugby thriller on Saturday to put themselves on the cusp of the top …

City now in contention

May 31, 2016 11:11AM

RUATORIA City’s 14-8 victory over Tokomaru United in the early game at Whakarua Park on Saturday has moved them into the Ngati Porou East Coast …

Time running out for some

May 26, 2016 4:10PM

LEADING Ngati Porou East Coast senior rugby teams Uawa and Tokomaru United will play Hikurangi and Ruatoria City respectively at Whakarua Park on Saturday. City …

Last-minute try foils Hikurangi

May 24, 2016 12:34PM

A MUCH-needed win eluded Hikurangi when they travelled to Te Araroa Domain to play Tokararangi in the Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby competition on …

Hiku in danger of missing semis

May 19, 2016 3:37PM

CONTENDERS for the Ngati Porou East Coast senior club rugby semifinals are emerging, with Saturday marking the start of the final six rounds. The big …

Boot proves the difference

May 17, 2016 3:53PM

FULLBACK Jason Babbington’s boot was Tokomaru United’s X-factor in their 32-26 win against Waiapu in East Coast club rugby at Tokomaru Bay Domain on Saturday. …

Derby day on the Coast

May 12, 2016 1:04PM

LOCAL derbies are a feature heading into the halfway point of the Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby season. Hikurangi play Ruatoria City on Saturday …

Waiapu trip comes up trumps for Hiku

May 10, 2016 12:26PM

HIKURANGI players and truckloads of their supporters headed to Rangitukia to take on Waiapu in the fifth round of Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby …

Uawa competing on world stage

May 7, 2016 10:17AM

THE Uawa Hinematioro J16 women’s waka ama team yesterday flew out to Queensland, Australia, for the IVF Va’a World Elite and Club Sprint Championships. The …

Hikurangi ‘raring to go’ against Waiapu

May 5, 2016 2:36PM

IT WILL be a tough contest on Saturday when Waiapu play Hikurangi for the second time this season in Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby. …

Uawa edge TVC in Coast battle

May 3, 2016 12:15PM

IT WAS an intense battle for dominance from the start when leading Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby teams TVC and Uawa met at Tolaga …

Top Coast teams to face off at weekend

April 28, 2016 3:18PM

THREE of Ngati Porou East Coast’s top four senior club rugby teams — TVC, Uawa and Tokararangi — will be battling for position on Saturday …

Coast competition blown open

April 19, 2016 1:09PM

The Ngati Porou East Coast club rugby competition was blown wide open on Saturday when leading teams TVC and Ruatoria City lost to Tokararangi and …

Biggest test so far for TVC

April 14, 2016 10:58AM

NGATI Porou East Coast club rugby competition leaders TVC face their biggest test so far this season when they play Tokararangi at Whangaparaoa on Saturday. …

TVC go close to century of points in first two games

April 13, 2016 12:10PM

EAST Coast club competition leaders TVC stood out amid a series of cricket scores — helped by the new six-points-a-try rule — with a 64-14 …

Mangatuna’s magic Monday

April 8, 2016 10:40AM

MONDAY is a special day for the younger students at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna School near Tolaga Bay. The 18 youngsters in years …

Hikurangi fans fretting ahead of Ruatoria derby

April 7, 2016 3:18PM

SURPRISE performances last weekend by Ngati Porou East Coast northern clubs have set up a trio of interesting senior rugby games on Saturday. Hikurangi fans …

Coast teams in wet-weather mode

April 5, 2016 9:45AM

Waiapu v Hikurangi Waiapu and Hikurangi headed straight into wet-weather rugby as the Ngati Porou East Coast club season kicked off with a double-header at …

Uawa waka ama team to head to Worlds

January 26, 2016 10:31AM

THE Uawa Hinematioro J16 women’s waka ama team’s stellar performance at the 2016 Te Wananga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals at Lake Karapiro last …

Overseas interest in NPEC coaching role

January 13, 2016 9:20AM

NGATI Porou East Coast Rugby Union plans to make the most of 2016 following a great response to its advertisement for a Heartland Championship head …

Uawa repel Ngatapa's Barry Cup challenge

September 22, 2015 12:04PM

The Barry Cup will stay in Tolaga Bay for summer following the Uawa rugby sub-union’s 28-3 defeat of Ngatapa at Uawa Domain on Sunday. Fitness, …

South Islanders win battle of the Coasts

September 28, 2015 12:01PM

The West Coast took advantage of the wind and rain to beat Ngati Porou East Coast 22-10 in Saturday’s Heartland rugby clash at Whakarua Park, …

Big improvement by East Coast

September 14, 2015 3:01PM

NGATI Porou East Coast took a massive leap forward in their Heartland Championship game against Horowhenua Kapiti at Ruatoria on Saturday, despite losing 24-20. Horowhenua …

Local rivals contest Coast final

July 17, 2015 12:42PM

TOKARANGI have been in the top three throughout the preliminary round of this year’s competition, and would have to be odds-on favourites. They have won …

Hicks Bay give up two penalty tries but still win

July 15, 2015 2:55PM

Saturday, July 11: Waiapu’s loss, and Hicks Bay’s 37-26 victory over Tawhiti, means next Saturday’s semifinals will be between Hikurangi and Hicks Bay at Ruatoria, …

Hikurangi handle conditions

July 15, 2015 2:47PM

Saturday, May 13: The wet, windy conditions ensured problems for the backs and a tough forward battle. The Hikurangi backs, fed by halfback Kahu Ward …

On-fire Hikurangi mean business

July 15, 2015 2:40PM

Saturday, 23 July: SO began an East Coast club game in which Hikurangi racked up 44 points without reply. The score, though, did not reflect …

Comeback win to Toka

July 15, 2015 2:17PM

Saturday, June 27: The second-placed visitors came from 16-0 down to win 22-16. Although possession was even, Waiapu, helped by a moderate-strength wind, piled on …

Hicks Bay score late decider

July 15, 2015 2:21PM

IN a game played in windless conditions at Tokomaru Bay, Hicks Bay fielded a bigger, older team. That didn’t worry the home side, who ripped …

Hicks Bay, Waiapu vying for finals spot

July 15, 2015 2:21PM

THEY won nine out of 10 games and amassed 43 win and bonus points. Other placings in the playoffs will depend on the results of …

Mixed season turning positive for Ruatoria

July 15, 2015 2:20PM

Saturday, May 9: They had their second win in a row, and ended Uawa’s three-game winning streak when they played at Whakarua Park on Saturday. …

Uawa pick up win and a bonus

July 15, 2015 2:19PM

Saturday, May 16: UAWA picked up a bonus point for scoring four tries in this East Coast senior club championship clash. The Uawa forwards won …

Coast finalists found: Toka v Hicks Bay

July 14, 2015 4:38PM

FOR Tokararangi and Hicks Bay, that even meant sending their coaches — the legendary Morgan Waitoa and Tyrone Delamere — on to the field to …