New Zealand Cricket have announced both Māori Secondary Schools sides to play Governor General’s XIs at Wellington’s Karori Park later this month.

St. Paul’s Collegiate’s Kuwyn Price (Ngāti Porou & Ngāti Hauā) and Hamilton Boys High School’s Payton Spencer (Ngati Kāhungunu) have been selected in the boys’ side. Maia Lewis and Duncan Murray, respectively, will coach the girls and boys Māori Secondary Schools sides.

Lewis, a former WHITE FERNS captain who played nine Tests and 78 ODIs for New Zealand, will coach what will be the inaugural Māori Secondary Schoolgirl’s team; the boys side having been launched last summer.

Murray, an assistant coach with the Wellington Blaze, is the son of former New Zealand Test captain Bruce (Bags) Murray, and last season acted as the assistant coach of the inaugural Māori Secondary Schoolboys team.

The Māori Secondary Schoolboys team is also brimming with emerging talent, including five players from last year’s side as well as Ryan Jackson – a member of the New Zealand Under 19 squad.

Players from both teams will assemble in Wellington on Tuesday, February 18 and will stay at the Pipitea Marae for the remainder of the week, engaging in many activities, with a focus on connecting with tikanga.

The games will be played on Thursday 20 February, with the schoolgirls’ side playing two T20 matches (starting at 10.30am and 3pm) and the schoolboys side playing a 50-over contest (starting at 10.30am).

Former BLACKCAPS Test wicket-keeper Adam Parore will join both teams in a support and mentor role, and will be present at the capping ceremony at Pipitea Marae on Wednesday 19 February. Both Māori teams were selected by Northern Districts’ Pat Malcon.

The Māori Secondary Schools initiative was the recipient of the ‘Innovation in School Sport’ award in 2019 presented by School Sport NZ (NZSSSC).

NZ Māori Secondary Schoolboys

Name Iwi School
Lachie Bailey Ngāti Raukawa & Ngāti Kāhungunu Hutt International Boys School
Joel Clark Ngā Puhi & Ngāti Rāhiri Tumutumu Palmerston North Boys High School
Elias Falanitule Te Rarawa Sacred Heart College, Auckland
Jacob Gilbert Ngai Tāhu Kings High School, Dunedin
Curtis Heaphy Ngai Tāhu Palmerston North Boys High School
Ryan Jackson Ngā Māhanga a Tairi St. Patrick’s College Silverstream
Kuwyn Price Ngāti Porou & Ngāti Hauā St. Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton
Nathan Robinson Ngāti Hei Kings College, Auckland
Payton Spencer Ngati Kāhungunu Hamilton Boys High School
Brayden Thomas Te Ātiawa Southland Boys High School
Alex Thompson Ngā Puhi Onslow College
Jamal Todd Ngāti Whātua Auckland Grammar School

NZ Māori Secondary Schoolgirls

Name Iwi School
Ocean Bartlett Ngāti Porou & Ngā Puhi St. Matthew’s Collegiate
Waimarie Carter Te Arawa Onslow College
Harriet Cuttance Waikato Tainui Columba College
Marama Downes Ngāti Tuwharetoa Pakuranga College
Ella Drumm Ngāti Porou Epsom Girls Grammar
Ella Gibson Tuhoe, Te Aitanga a Mahaki & Ngāti Porou Lincoln High School
Kayarna Jones-Dennes Ngati Kāhungunu Wairarapa College
Sam Mackinder Te Whānau-ā-Apanui Palmerston North Girls High School
Angelique Peyroux Ngai Tāhu Columba College
Jess Smith Ngā Puhi & Tainui Kaipara College
Anika Todd Ngāti Whātua Mount Albert Grammar School
Chelsea Traill Ngā Puhi Whangarei Girls High School
Coaching Staff Name Iwi
Head Coach Duncan Murray Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Assistant Coach Michael Tillett Tamaki Makaurau
Assistant Coach Michael Rameka Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Coaching Staff Name Iwi
Head Coach Maia Lewis Ngāti Whātua & Ngāti Maniapoto
Assistant Coach Tanya Morrison Ngai Tāhu
Assistant Coach Hannah Beatson Ōtautahi
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