December 20, 2016
Kahungunu off to the races
Ngati Kahungunu Inc is putting up $10,000 to sponsor a feature race at Hawkes Bay Racing’s New Year’s race meeting.
Chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says the iwi can’t pay out dividends to members but it can create events whanau can participate in.
He says the race meeting is a great family day,
"We get about 7000 to 10,000 people turning up from all walks of life just for the event rather than for the gambling. We are also honouring one of our greaters sportsmen, (trainer) Eric Ropiha. He's in the horse (racing) hall of fame. His whanau will be presenting a tewhatewha to the winner. We think it will be an annual event," Mr Tomoana says.
Ngati Kahungunu has also subsidised February’s national kapa haka festival Te Matatini in Heretaunga by buying 20,000 tickets to hand out to members.
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