Savanna Steele recently took part in the 2013 First Nations Touch Tournament in Gold Coast Australia in October 2013. She also competed in the NZ Māori Nationals and even though her team didn’t do as well as they wanted she had some personal success, as she was selected to represent New Zealand again in the New Zealand open mixed touch team. She has also been selected for the Under 16 youth team.

Congratulations also to Kalani Elder on his recent success on the rugby field. Kalani is the son of Carole Tomlin, the grandson of Rowena (nee Cleaver) and Ken Tomlin and the great-grandson of Johnston and Margaret Cleaver of Colac Bay.

Kalani was in the Southland under 65kg team that won the recent South Island tournament. Southland had not won the tournament since 2005.

Kalani scored 32 points in the win over Canterbury Country, with four tries and six conversions. He was also named in the South Island paper team for 2013. His feats on the rugby field have earned Kalani the shared title of the Southland under 65kg Player of the Year Award 2013, the Southland Under 65kg best back title and a host of other school and club awards.

Aparima College physical education teacher, Richard Jones, believes Kalani, with his strength, speed and ability to read the game, is certainly destined for higher honours. Unfortunately the college does not have enough players in the correct age bracket to field a 1st XV, so Kalani has been turning out for Midlands this season. Kalani has also received a couple of offers to further his academic and sporting career and is currently in the process of weighing up his options for the future. One thing is for certain, we are bound to see a lot more of this personable and talented young man in the future.

Savanna Steele with her trophy.

Savanna Steele with her trophy.

Kalani Elder on the field.

Kalani Elder on the field.