Annual Under 15 Boys' Tournament

As part of Winter Tournament Week, the annual Under 15 Tournament comprises sixteen teams from secondary schools (on an invitational basis) who compete in a Cup and Plate section for the Rex Kerr Trophy.

Annual Under 16 Boys' Tournament

Every year in the third term school holidays, the Council holds New Zealand's premier tournament for Under 16 players, comprising teams from all member Provincial Unions, competing in two divisions for the Don Broughton Shield, the Saracens Cup and the Manaaki Tangata Trophy.

Annual Under 18 Boys' Competition

Every year in September, the Council holds a competition for Under 18 teams from member Provincial Unions, competing for the TrustBank Central Secondary Schools Shield first competed for in the 1990's.

Annual Under 19 Tournament

This competition comprises teams from Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu, and a Hurricanes Heartland Team (comprising players from the Council's member Heartland Provincial Unions), competing for the Central Region Shield on a home and away basis.

Annual Under 20 Heartland Development Series

Comprising teams from the regions Heartland Provincial Unions, the Heartland Development Series is held annually over two weeks, with teams competing for the Hurricanes Under 20 Cup.

Girls' Rugby Development Programmes

Every year, with the support of New Zealand Rugby, the Council provides Development Days, an Under 15 Tournament and an Under 18 Development Camp for young women within the Hurricanes Region.

Annual Hurricanes Sevens Tournament

The best secondary school Sevens players in the region (in Boys and Girls divisions) compete for the Hurricanes Secondary Schools Sevens Cup, hosted by Wairarapa-Bush.

“The Broughtons” Of Punahau Maori Football Club

The following article provides the rugby history behind the Council's "Don Broughton Shield".

In 1924, Tuiti Makitanara, a farmer from Koputaroa (of Rangitane and Muaupoko lineage), was awarded land in the area of “Punahau”, (Lake Horowhenua), which was part of the disputed “Horowhenua Block”.

In 1928, he became the Member of Parliament for Southern Maori. In early 1932, he sponsored the development of a new Rugby Football Club (the “Punahau Maori Football Club”) which became affiliated to the Horowhenua Union, based on Kohuturoa Marae, on Hokio Beach Road. His four sons, Tutepourangi (Adam), Tuiti, Tauia and George, formed the back-bone of the new Club’s senior team.

(The whare tupuna “Pariri” at Kohuturoa Marae, home of the Punahau Maori Football Club)

Alongside the four sons of Tuiti Makitanara in the Punahau team, were two sons and two relatives of John (Taare Matai) Broughton, a local Levin resident whose mother (Hereora Taueki) was also a member of the Muaupoko iwi.

John Broughton’s father was Captain Charles William Broughton (a Government interpreter) who was infamously killed by “the Hauhau” on 1 October 1865, at Otautu pa near Kakaramea, during the Taranaki land wars. John Broughton was born in the Punahau area in 1861 and took a life-long interest with Tuiti Makitanara in the preservation of Lake Horowhenua and the surrounding area.

As noted above, the Broughtons were ardent supporters of the Crown (and its affiliated iwi) in the land wars of the 1860’s, with John’s uncle Edward (also known as “the Duke”), involved in the defence of the Weraroa pa (near Waitotara) in 1865. Edward’s adopted son Wiremu (Muhunga) Porotene was later to become the contested rangatira of Ngāti Te Upokoiri in Hawkes Bay, (subsequently taking his own life at Putiki, in 1908).

John Broughton’s brother, William Te Ahuru Porotene Broughton became a founding member of Levin’s Weraroa Football Club in 1897, which was based out of the “Weraroa Hotel”, which opened in 1895. The team played in the Horowhenua Union’s competitions for three years until 1900, when it merged with the Horowhenua Club to become known as the “Weraroa Wanderers”. Eight years later, the Club merged with the Levin Club, thereafter becoming known as the “Levin Wanderers”.

(The Weraroa Wanderers Football Club 1903, a team with an unbeaten record)

In 1914, the Weraroa Football Club was re-formed, with the Broughtons associated with the Club until it folded in 1929. William Te Ahuru Porotene Broughton became a respected Horowhenua Rugby Union Referee, also becoming Secretary of the Horowhenua Rugby Union in 1913, before eventually relocating (with his work) to Palmerston North in November 1920. The prior year, he applied to be “declared a European” under Section 17 of the Native Land Amendment Act, 1912.

There were four Broughtons in the Punahau team (whose colours were sky-blue) over the five years of the Club’s existence. Ronald (Ron) Matai Broughton (a five-eighth) and Joseph (known as Joe) Te Pae Broughton (a three-quarter/full-back), were both sons of John and Parahi (nee Reihana) Broughton. Jim Broughton and John Mawai (known as “Sonny”) Broughton, (a three-quarter) were related to Rangi Broughton, Horowhenua’s famous Maori All Black, and were the sons or direct relatives, (to be confirmed), of Okeroa Parao Charles Broughton, John Broughton’s brother.

An alumni of Levin District High School and Wing-Forward, Rangi Broughton was first selected for Horowhenua-Maori in 1913, then Horowhenua the following year, subsequently being selected for the New Zealand Maori team from 1921 to 1923, playing against the Springboks in 1921. He became a referee in 1930 for six seasons. Also a member of the Punahau Club, he married Ruru Reihana in 1932, stood unsuccessfully for the Levin Borough Council in 1933, was a Vice President of the Levin Wanderers Club in their Golden Jubilee year (1948) and died in 1964, having lived his married life at 17 McKenzie Street in Levin. In 1931, Joe Broughton (Rangi Broughton’s cousin), represented Manawhenua.

In the first year of the Punahau Club, only Sonny Broughton was a regular starter, with the fledgling club controversially claiming the Horowhenua Championship (the “Nash Cup”) in the club’s inaugural season. In 1933, three Broughtons were in the team, Sonny, Joe and Ron, with the team defeating Shannon in the Nash Cup Final, for Punahau to win its second consecutive Horowhenua championship. Ron also represented Horowhenua in 1933. The following year, Sonny decided to play for the Gladstone Club in the Wairarapa, but broke his leg while playing in the Wairarapa versus Bush match. Ron and Joe played for Punahau, with Joe selected for the Horowhenua Maori team in 1934.

In 1935, only Ron was in the Punahau team, as Joe had also moved to the Wairarapa to play for Gladstone. Punahau played in the Senior Championship Final and lost to the Hui Mai Club by 8 points to 3. As some consolation, Ron represented Horowhenua that year. In 1936, Joe left Masterton for Auckland to join the Manukau League Club. Punahau again made the Nash Cup Final, but lost to Shannon by 9 points to nil, with only Sonny (who had returned from the Wairarapa following his injury), in the team. (Ron had played for Punahau earlier in the season). In a return to form following his injury the prior year, Sonny was also selected for the “Bebbington Cup” and Horowhenua teams.

In June 1937, Punahau was dropped to the Senior B division, following difficulty in fielding a senior team. An expansion of the Horowhenua Senior Championship from four to six teams in 1938, provided Punahau (or Levin Wanderers, who were also in the B Division) an opportunity to move back to the top-table. In March 1938, Punahau decided to merge with Wanderers with the merged clubs being admitted to the Senior Championship. The merger ended Punahau’s six year history.

It is said that Don Broughton, a member of the Nga Rauru iwi moved from Patea to Horowhenua in the 1950s. He was descended from Ngarangi Katitia George Brougton, the first son of Charles William Broughton, born in 1853.

George’s mother was Miriama Hinekorangi Taiko Taurua (also known as “Ngarangi Katitia”, who was adopted by Rev J. Whitley, a Wesleyan missionary). Miriama was a member of the Pakakohe hapu of the Ngati Ruanui tribe, south of the Patea river, (which was allied to the Hauhau rebellion) in the 1860s. Charles and Miriama did not have a long-term relationship, perhaps arising from Charles’ role with the Government and the anti-Government position of Miriama’s family.

(Ngawaka Taurua, Ngati Ruanui rangatira of Hukatere, father of Miriama Taurua)

George was a supporter of Tahupōtiki Rātana and was remembered as a “great patron of sport”, with the Broughtons of Patea heavily involved in rugby. George’s son Charles was the Honorary Secretary of the Rauru Football Club in Waitotara and like his uncle William, a rugby referee. The Patea Broughtons farmed at Otautu (known as “Little Taranaki”), having being gifted the land by the Government, following the murder of Charles William Broughton in 1865. Other sons of George were Tutewhatahi (who died in 1912), Koto (who died in 1918) and Piki (who died in 1944). George’s mother died in 1906, at the age of 81.

On moving to Levin from South Taranaki, Don Broughton joined the Levin Wanderers Rugby Football Club and is said to have played in the Horowhenua Maori team against the Wellington Maori side in 1954 and 1956. He played for the Levin Wanderers Club until he was well over 50 years old, as a flanker and No. 8.

It is believed that Don married Mona Paki (Muaupoko, Rangitane) from Hokio Beach and his only son Tane (now deceased) represented Horowhenua at the Under 16 representative level. It is thought that it was at this time in 1972, that Don presented the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Shield that carries his name.

Don worked for the Levin Municipal Abattoir and he was actively involved in youth rugby in the Levin area, also donating a trophy for the local Saturday morning competition. He was a great supporter of youth rugby, with a strong sense of community spirit.

“Ngā mihi mō tō manaakitanga mai”.

(Published : 23/05/20)



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