Oct. 25, 2022, 7:53 a.m.
Last week, the Scottish Women's Rugby team visited Ngunguru Marae to share cultures, sing, dance and be welcomed as a team to Whangārei by local iwi Ngāti Wai.
The group of women rugby players travelled to Northland as part of their Rugby World Cup competition and played against the Black Ferns on Saturday. They were defeated 57-0 in their final pool match at the Northland Events Centre in Whangārei.
The hapū of Ngāti Korora and Ngāti Takapari welcomed them with a karanga at the marae and they responded with the sounding of their traditional musical instrument, the bagpipes.
Huhana Lyndon, Ngāti Wai Board CEO said, "Our kaikaranga were overjoyed to receive the bagpipes as they came into the where".
Connections were made and fun was had by all, which reinforced the close whakapapa links that are shared by Scottish and Maori.