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January 1, 2011 Volume

Hosea Gear wins Maori sportsperson award
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The All Blacks are famous for their "haka" (a Maori dance) before each
international match.

[Editors Note: The All Blacks are called finest and most consistently good international rugby team. In 1884, the first Maori touring team was called The Natives." Later names were "Maorilanders,, "The New Zealanders" and "The Colonials."  In 1905, a newspaper labeled them "All Blacks" for their dark, sable colored uniforms.]

New Zealand: Last month, the 20th national Maori sports awards ceremony was held in Manukau. All Black Hosea Gear has been named Maori sportsperson of the year.

The 26-year-old wing was named:
The Albie Pryor memorial Maori sportsperson of the Year and
Senior Maori sportsman at the 2010 Maori sports awards in Auckland
Commonwealth Games gold medal for Rugby Sevens in Dehli this year.

The 1.88m, 100kg player also scored five tries in four tests during the All Black’s backing black tour.

2010 Maori Sports Award  RECIPIENTS

The Albie Pryor Maori sportsperson of the year: Hosea Gear (Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki) – rugby

Senior Maori sportsman: Hosea Gear (Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki) – rugby

Senior Maori sportswoman: Joelle King (Ngati Porou) – squash
Junior Maori sportsman: Reuben Te Rangi (Ngapuhi) – basketball

Junior Maori sportswoman: Dayna Maree Turnbull – basketball, touch

Disabled Maori sportsperson: Cameron Leslie (Ngapuhi) – swimming

Maori sports coach: Stephen Kearney (Te Atiawa) – rugby league

Maori sports administrator: Patricia Rangi (Te Atiawa) – hockey

Maori umpire/referee: Henry Perenara (Ngati Rangitihi) – rugby league

Maori sports team: Maori All Blacks – rugby

Maori sports media award: "Beneath the Maori Moon" – Bailey Mackey (Ngati Porou, Ngai Tuhoe), Black Inc Media


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