Dylan Kennett (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāti Tumatakokiri), will be participating in the 2016 Olympic cycling events in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Dylan was born 8 December 1994 and is the second son of Craig and Caryl Kennett and mokopuna of Ash and Kath Mattison. He was born and raised early on at Tuahiwi, having lived at Pōua Len and Taua Whitu’s home.

Dylan’s family now lives in Waimate where his father and his elder brother Josh train standard breeds.
His whakapapa line is:
Hohepa Huria — Mary Jane Drabble
Puneke Huria — Te Rahuru Russell
Whitu Huria — Len Cox
Karolyn Cox — Kelvin Kennett [Read more…]

Talima Kalauta-Crofts (moko of Tukotahi Crofts, son of Tracey Crofts) has been selected for the New Zealand Weightlifting team that will be attending the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Suva, Fiji in May.

Talima currently has many achievements under his belt:

  • 2014 – South Island Secondary Schools Olympic Weightlifting Champion
  • 2015 – New Zealand Junior National Olympics Weightlifting Champion
  • 2015 – Gold medallist (Junior) at The Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea (New Zealand Olympic Weightlifting)
  • 2016 – Candidate for the New Zealand High Performance Squad to Weightlifting, targeting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Earlier this year it was announced that Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand had selected Talima to represent New Zealand at the 2016 IWF Junior World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia from 23 June to 2 July.

These are huge achievements and whānau are incredibly proud. We wish Talima all the very best for the upcoming championships – watch this space.

Talima Kalauta-Crofts.

Talima Kalauta-Crofts.