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Matariki Team - Pōhutukawa

Matariki Team - Pōhutukawa

Posted May 31, 2022
IHNZ News Matariki

Within the Matariki star cluster, Pōhutukawa  is the star that connects us to the deceased and is the reason people would cry out the names of the dead and weep when the star was seen rising in the early morning.

It is through Pōhutukawa that we remember those who have died in the past year. Pōhutukawa encourages us to hold tight to our memories of treasured people who have passed on, encourages us to take time to remember them, and to acknowledge their impact on our lives.


James Halliburton leads the Pōhutukawa team consisting of:

  • Anthony Taylor
  • Scott Collins
  • Dan O’Hanlon 
  • Kaleb Scott
  • Harry Parr
  • Josh McGinty
  • Noah Burgess

Ko Pūtauakī me Kaputerangi ngā maunga.
Ko Ōhinemataroa me Te Ōriini ngā awa.
Ko Mātaatua te waka.
Ko Ngāti Awa te iwi.
Ko Ngāti Hokopū me Ngāi Taiwhakaea ngā hapū.
Ko Te Hokowhitu a Tū ki Te Rāhui me Taiwhakaea ngā marae.

James Halliburton started Inline hockey in 1999 playing for the Canterbury Cyclones and multiple other South Island clubs. Spending 6 years as a Christchurch Sniper, James then played 3 years for the Renegades before joining the Wanganui Lightning Prems in 2020.

James has represented his region and country on multiple occasions. His highlights included playing in the New Zealand U21 and gaining selection to the 3 Māori teams.

James was a member of the inaugural NZ Māori team in 2015 and again in 2017.

Anthony Taylor has played hockey since he was around 5 years old. He started as most younger brothers do - having to go down and watch his two older brothers train and play while his mum coached and thought I’m here already, I might as well play too!

He quickly found a love for the sport and the hockey community, creating lifelong friends all over the country. He has played for the Ravens representing the central region through the age groups. Ant also represented New Zealand age grades on multiple occasions.

Scott Collins is well known throughout the hockey community and has been a long standing member of the Auckland Sabres club for over 20 years and became National Champions in 2013. Scott has been a stalwart of the Northern Region Senior Men team, New Zealand Senior Men and more recently the Masters team who won the AAU Masters trophy in Hawaii, 2019.

Scott helmed the Super League 2014 and 2015 Champion sides and was an inaugural team member of the New Zealand Maori team in 2015. After a move for work, Scott and the family are now located in the Lower North and is currently playing for the Rimutaka Renegades.

Daniel O’Hanlon has loved hockey for over 20 years and has played and coached for many teams including the Force, Fury, Storm and Vipers.

He currently plays for the Orcas and recently led the 16U Northern Region team to gold at the 2021 InterRegionals.

Dan says he was honoured to play for New Zealand in 2019 and represented New Zealand in the Masters division.

Dan also plays Ice Hockey and in the AIHA Mens league and is well known for his mentoring and coaching of the younger players coming through the ranks.

Harrison Parr has been a club player for the Mt Wellington Panthers since he was 6 years old. In that time he has been successful in being selected for 2 Oceania competitions as well as the highlight of his 12 years of hockey- being selected to represent NZ in the u16 team that played in Hawaii.

Harrison has a great love and respect of the game and enjoys the friendships he has made through playing inline hockey.

Josh McGinty plays Seniors for the Waihi Miners and is in his 7th season of playing Inline Hockey. Josh describes himself as an all rounder comfortable in defence and attack.

He was a Central Regional Rep in 2021 and trialed for the New Zealand team this year. Josh is of Ngapuhi descent.

Kaleb Scott plays for the Ravens 16U team and has been playing Inline since U8s, and has represented central regional most years since. He is currently trialling for the 16U NZ team.

Kaleb plays defence and enjoys the challenge of playing senior players to help develop his game.

Noah Burgess has played for the Waihi Miners and Central Region and Waihi College in the NZSSC since he was in the under 10s. Now 18, he is playing in the Waihi Senior team.