Matariki Team - Hiwa-i te-rangi
Posted June 01, 2022
IHNZ News Matariki
Within the Matariki star cluster, Hiwa-i-te-rangi is connected to the promise of a prosperous season and is known as the wishing star.
It is to Hiwa that people would send their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the coming year in the hope that they would be realised. Similar to the notion of wishing upon a star, or making a new year resolution, this star encourages us to hold firm to our goals, and seek out opportunities to see them realised.
Brandon Nash leads the Hiwa-i-te-rangi team consisting of:
- Sam Beardman
- Adam Kingston
- Hugo Roy
- Max Toa
- Toby Webb
- Maui Walker
- Kaleb Rock
Brandon Nash grew up in Canada and emigrated to New Zealand in 2001. Growing up in Ontario Brandon played Ice Hockey through the Minor Leagues, Triple A and the Junior Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA).
After moving to New Zealand Brandon has played more Inline - firstly for the Sharks whilst living in Napier and for the last several years whilst in Wellington has played for the Capital Penguins.
Sam Beardman has played for New Plymouth Ravens, Wanganui Lightning, and the Massey Titans.
Sam has coached local and international teams from a young age. Sam has represented both the Central and Lower North regions and New Zealand since he was 16 years old.
Adam Kingston started playing inline hockey at roughly the age of eleven and has continued to play ever since.
Adam spent most of his earlier hockey life representing the Manawatu Dragons, followed by a number of years with the Levin Rebels and now, the New Plymouth Ravens after relocating to Taranaki.
Maui Walker plays for the New Plymouth Ravens, Maui has also represented the Central Region as well as New Zealand in the u12 grade in Hawaii.
Toby Webb has been playing hockey for 7 years and plays in the Ravens 16U team. Toby has played for Central Region and made the 14U Oceanias team. He is also playing in the KIHL.
Kaleb Rock grew up playing Ice Hockey in Alberta, Canada starting when he was 4 years old, and has been a goalie since he was 12. Kaleb moved to New Zealand 3 years ago and started playing Inline Hockey and referees and has represented the Central Region.
Max Toa is 16 years old and plays for the 16U New Plymouth Ravens team.
Max has played regional level at U10, U12, and U14. He was selected for the New Zealand 12U team that competed at the Junior Olympics in Hawaii in 2019.
When not playing hockey Max competes for the East End Surf Lifesaving club in the IRB division.
Hugo Roy has been playing for 8 years for the Ravens, representing Central Region and New Zealand twice in U12 and U14.
He is currently playing for the Recruits in the KIHL league, Ravens 16U and the New Plymouth Boys High School team.