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Player Te Waaka Popata-Henare

Full Name
Te Waaka Popata-Henare
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
  1. Second Row
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2024
Mt Albert Grammar College
Signed From
Mt Albert Grammar College
Junior Club/s
Howick Hornets



2017 - Counties Manukau Maori U12
2017 - NZ Maori U12
2017 - Counties Manukau Softball U13
2020 - Counties Manukau Maori U15
2020 - NZ Maori U15
2021 - Mt Albert Grammar 1st XV
2022 - Warriors World School 7s
2022 - Auckland South U18
2023 - Howick Hornets Premier Team
2023 - Counties Manukau Stingrays U18
2023 - Warriors SG Ball
2023 - Auckland Red U18 Dean Bell Cup
2024 - Warriors SG Ball

2019 Athletics Champions recognised​

By Graham Hepburn
March 14, 2019

Pictured above at back (from left to right): Intermediate Athletics Champion (Boys) Luke Clements, Junior Athletics Co-Champion Te Waaka Popata-Henare. At front: Junior Athletics Co-Champion Liam Webby, Senior Athletics Champion (Girls) Latonya Lole, Senior Athletics Champion (Boys) Dylan Moon, Junior Athletics Champion (Girls) Zayyaan Smith. Absent: Intermediate Athletics Champion (Girls) Amelia Caltaux.

At Assembly on March 13, MAGS’ Athletic Champions and record breakers were recognised for their achievements. As well as the overall champions named above, track and field champions were announced:

Open Sprints Champion (Boys)Ben Gregory
Sprint Champion (Girls)Latonya Lole
Open 400m Champion (Boys)Nikola Vikena
Open 800m Champion (Boys)Luke Clements
Open 1500m Champion (Boys)Luke Clements
Open Distance ChampionLuke Clements
Open Field Events Champion (Boys)Dylan Moon
Senior Shot and Discus Champion (Boys)Darhys Simone & Siua Tupou
Intermediate Shot and Discus Champion (Boys)Ben Skelton
Junior Throws Champion (Boys)Te Waaka Popata-Henare
Junior Throws Champion (Girls)Caitlyn Mossman


Back row (from left to right): Luke Clements, Te Waaka Popata-Henare, Darhys Simone, Siua Tupou, Nikola Vikena, Liam Webby. Front row: Ben Gregory, Latonya Lole, Dylan Moon, Zayyaan Smith.


Te Puna o Wairaka Prizegiving Dinner 2019​


Te Waaka Popata-Henare, at left, was named Top Junior Māori Language Orator, while Isaiah Nin was All Round Top Junior Boy.

Te Puna o Wairaka bid a fond farewell to its Year 13 Leavers and celebrated its top students at a special dinner on Monday, November 4 at Te Mahurehure Marae.

There was also a formal hand-over of the kaitātaki wahine (female leader) and kaitātaki tāne (male leader) for the Kapa Haka group in 2020. The sounds of waiata and haka rang out as this year’s leaders Assina Te Paa-Kolio and Kisepi Ma’afu Roberts handed over the ‘mauri’ in the form of a patu and taiaha to the two new leaders: Charlotte Mann and Niua Pomare-Khanna.

Year 13 Leavers were also presented with pounamu but not before teachers Whaea Waimirirangi Paul and Matua Peter Walters had some fun at their expense, revealing the nicknames they had given the Leavers and the reasons for them.

Headmaster Patrick Drumm was the first speaker on the night – MC’ed by Year 12 students Niua Pomare-Khanna and Tayla Bamber – and he emphasised the importance of Te Puna in keeping te reo alive, empowering Maori students and maintaining diversity at MAGS.
Junior members of Te Puna performed a haka in tribute to the Year 13s, who performed their own thunderous haka towards the end of proceedings.

When it came to the awards, Abbey-Jean Kaipara won the Top Senior Academic Award and was named All-Round Top Senior Student.
Richard Mann won the “Manu Tute” Award For Services to Puna and the wider community, while Assina Te Paa-Kolio received the “He toka tū” Award For Contribution to Kapa Haka.

Bree Tipene was All-Round Top Junior Girl, and the All-Round Top Junior Boy was Isaiah Nin. The Top Junior Academic Award went to Nikora Morehu.

The award for Top Senior Māori Language Orator went to Niua Pomare-Khanna, and Te Waaka Popata-Henare was named Top Junior Māori Language Orator.

When it came to sports achievement, Princess Elliott won the senior award and Stella-Rose Woodman the junior award.


2023 U16 Shaun Johnson Shield & U18 Dean Bell Squads announced​


Article added: Wednesday 21 December 2022


Following the trials that took place over the past few weeks, coaches and selectors have used this week to finalise the squads ahead of the tournament kicking off in early February.

This year the Auckland region has been separated into four competitive teams. There are two teams from North (Red and White) and two teams from South (Blue and Black). Players will be contacted by the team staff around team trainings etc starting early in the New Year.


U18 Auckland Red (North)

Darius Peter Niumata
Dontay Lolomanaia
Emon Singh
Isaiah Fale
Joey Upoko
Kanaan Magele
Kelepi Manuika
Levi Vaituliao
Lucky Kali
Luke Atutolu
Lyrakai-Layke Posimani
Noah Jensen
Ollie Horgan
Orbyn Lundon
Preston Moala
Psalms Iosua
Rob Fonokalafi Ah Chong Vakalahi
Semisi Mila
Sio Kali
Taipari Wikitera
Taylor Smith
Te Paeroa Wineera
Thomas Zachan
William Jones


Warriors switch codes to play World Schools Sevens​

Richard Becht & photosport.nz
Thu 20 Jan 2022, 12:02 pm

Rugby league will mix with rugby union when the Vodafone Warriors field a squad of players from their Sky Sport Future Warriors development programme in this weekend’s under-18 World Schools Sevens tournament at Bell Park in Pakuranga.
Coming into the event as late replacements they’ve had sparse preparation but have benefited from a crash course in the nuances of rugby union’s abbreviated game courtesy of All Blacks Sevens legend D J Forbes, who’s on the team’s coaching staff this weekend.

The opportunity to be involved in the tournament came about through the intervention of rugby league great Kevin Iro.
The former Vodafone Warriors centre heard a team had withdrawn from the tournament so he called his brother and Sky Sport Future Warriors coach Tony to suggest the club might like to fill the vacancy.
With so few chances available to play football at the moment, the Warriors leapt at the chance despite the challenges of swapping codes for the weekend.
Playing as the New Zealand Warriors, they won’t be bereft of rugby union nous.
As well as having Forbes’ expertise on the coaching staff they also have some players fresh from playing First XV rugby union for their schools. Among that group is King’s College flanker Sebastian Su’a, son of former New Zealand Test cricketer Murphy Su’a.
The New Zealand Warriors are in Pool A. They play three pool games on Saturday against the Asian Dragons (10.10am), New Zealand Condors (11.30am) and Samoan Barbarians (2.50pm) followed by Cook Islands on Sunday (11.10am). The teams in Pool B are the New Zealand Barbarians, Tongan Barbarians, New Zealand Niue, New Zealand Fijians and New Zealand Cavaliers.


1 Timothy Tiatia (James Cook High School First XIII) 17
2 Raphael Sio (Kelston Boys’ High School First XIII, Point Chevalier Pirates) 16
3 Jarome Falemoe (Southern Cross Campus First XIII) 17
4 Allan Talataina (Mangere College First XV rugby union, Point Chevalier Pirates) 16
5 Sio Kali (St Paul’s College First XIII) 16

6 Short listed: Boston Josephs (Orewa High School, Hibiscus Coast Raiders) 18, Hirini Holmes (Pukekohe High School, Manurewa Marlins) 16
7 William Piliu (St Paul’s College First XIII) 17
8 Sebastian Su’a (Kings College First XV rugby union) 18
9 Jacob-David Auloa (St Paul’s College First XIII) 16
10 Elijah Leaumoana (Southern Cross Campus First XIII) 17
11 Leka Halasima (Southern Cross Campus First XIII, Point Chevalier Pirates) 16
12 Presley Seumanu (St Peter’s College 1st XV rugby union) 17
13 Lyrakai-Layke Posimani (Takapuna Grammar School, Ellerslie Eagles) 16
14 Te Waaka Popata-Henare (Mount Albert Grammar School 1st XV rugby union) 16
Coaches | DJ Forbes, Grant Pocklington, Tony Iro
Manager | Athens Henare
Trainer | Sam Ragg
Physio | Quentin Hokianga

August 29, 2023

31 Hornets players selected for higher honours​

By Ben Plummer

Hornets premier women player Cassie Ormsby (with ball) was named in the Counties Manukau Stingrays premier women’s side. Times Photo / Wayne Martin

To build on an impressive year for the Howick Hornets Rugby League Football Club, 31 players and two coaches have been selected for representative sides.

Hornets’ media manager Josh Garry says for the entire season, senior squads have worked tirelessly to be the best they can be for their club and their fans.

“We at the Howick Hornets are … extremely proud to be able to return the favour and support the massive 31 players as well as two coaches, who have deservedly been selected for higher honours,” Garry says.

Seventeen of the 31 players selected from the club took the field for the Hornets premier women in their women’s premiership-winning season.

“Of course, we believe there could have been more, but given the abundance of promising talent throughout Auckland Rugby League there unfortunately isn’t room for everyone,” Garry says.

The NZRL national men’s and Sky Sport women’s premierships competitions both kick off on Saturday, September 2 and take place over six consecutive weekends.

Hornets Representative Players
Counties Manukau Stingrays boys U18

Counties Manukau Stingrays premier women
  • Benji Tova
  • Cassie Ormsby
  • Charlotte Davis
  • Sam Curtis
  • Seifua Pio
  • Taylor Curtis
  • Tulu Aipolo
Counties Manukau Stingrays premier men
  • Alan Niulevu
  • Anthony Fuimaono
  • Brandon Lee
  • Jethro Friend
  • Jody Henry
  • Liam Prendergast
  • Manu Fatialofa
  • Phranklyn Mano-Le-Mamea
  • Tahi Baggaley
  • Tamehana Paruru
  • Head Coach: Ruka Loza (Hornets premier men head coach)