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Māori Rugby Camps

New Zealand Rugby hosts programmes and upskilling camps for young Māori players.

These programmes are designed to develop and encourage young Māori to be proud of who they are, lead awesome lives and to follow their dreams and aspirations.

They are held across the country at local Provincial Unions  that target Māori players boys and girls between the ages of 14-15 years. A key component of this programme is to use rugby skill development with an emphasis teaching life-skills within kaupapa Māori. 

We encourage each participant to take a look at their life and ask important questions that will help them make positive future decisions.


The camps utilise rugby skills such to reinforce life lessons within kaupapa Māori:

  • Catch and pass drills to teach focus, adding value, aiming for and hitting targets.
  • Contact drills to teach support, attack, drive, perseverance and never giving up.
  • Defence drills to teach alignment, courage, back each other up and facing challenges.
  • Fun games to teach teamwork, unity, helping each other and commitment.


Upcoming U18 Māori Rugby Camps

Maori under 18s

Central Regions - Te Tini A Maui Camp

Dates: Friday 23rd April - Sunday 25th April
Venue: Tu Toa Marae, Palmerston North

Registrations have now closed.

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Northern Region - Te Hiku o Te Ika Camp

Dates: Friday 30th April - Sunday 2nd May
Venue: Te Kauri Marae & Kaitumtumu Marae, Huntly

Registrations have now closed.

Upcoming U18 Māori Development Camps