trust me, I know what they fight like . Under 13s... every tackle there were cheap shots... U18s... 3 carloads of wannabe gang members showed up at prizegiving to beat up one 17-18 year old (my halfback for 7 years)......those clubs fight like fark been going on for 100s of years I am told...the ones on the north head of the harbour used to shit on the bodies of the ones from Opo according to my local kaumatua mate. Sure as hell tough enough for the NRL. Maybe Tony Iro being a Raro was a bit worried about them?
My uncle farmed at Opononi/Omapere. Played for Ōkaihau (rugby) before he got badly hurt.
Fisher-Harris (Rawene) and Harawira-Naera (Otaua) are both south side Hokianga boys. That being said, Harawira is a north side Hokianga name (used to play rugby with Tumamao Harawira as a kid. Tum went on to work for Maori TV etc. Great representative for the far north).