Nov. 17, 2022, 7:22 p.m.
The main street of Kaitaia stood still for Black Fern Krystal Murray this week as a parade dedicated to her passed through Kaitaia.
People gathered at Jaycee Park, where the Black Fern gold medalist was welcomed with a haka powhiri by students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro, Te Rangi Aniwaniwa and Kaitaia Intermediate.
"Hika I was not expecting this, I am very emotional cos I love this town I know there are a lot of good people in this town".
Murray was instrumental in the Black Ferns' win against Englands' roses, 34-31 at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.
"When I did go out there, I knew we were behind on the scoreboard but I knew that there was a lot of time for us to claw our way back", Murray said.
Northland Rugby CEO Cameron Bell said, "You won't see this anywhere else in New Zealand".
"You heard Muzza talk about the reason why she trained here. Didn't go to a big centre. She's invested in this community and they're giving back. When she was talking, you could see all the young female athletes. She's just created so many aspirational pathways".
"Give it a go. I know they love it. For me, rugby is just the pathway for us to be great", Murray said.