Train with the boys

The utes arrive for evening footy practice at the Hikurangi Sports Club in Ruatoria.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

The East Coast Football Union is the only club in the country founded by iwi—Ngāti Porou. It is also the smallest union in the country, but has nonetheless won the third division twice, and narrowly missed winning second division on their first promotion in 2001. At least half the training is conducted in te reo.

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