Hawea Mataira

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Hawea Mataira
Personal information
Full name Hawea Karepa Mataira
Born (1910-12-03)3 December 1910
Nuhaka, New Zealand
Died 15 November 1979(1979-11-15) (aged 68)
Wairoa, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Rugby union
Position Loose Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1932–1936 Hawke's Bay 35
Years Team Pld T G FG P
New Zealand Māori
1934 New Zealand 1 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1937 City Rovers
Manukau Magpies
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1939 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand Māori
Source: Scrum.com

Hawea Karepa Mataira (3 December 1910 – 15 November 1979) was a dual-code rugby football player who represented New Zealand in both rugby union and rugby league.

Rugby union career[edit]

Mataira made his first class debut in 1931 and in 1932 made his debut for Hawke's Bay. He went on to play 35 first class matches for Hawke's Bay between 1932 and 1936.[1]

In 1934 he made his All Blacks debut on a tour of Australia. The next year he was a surprise omission from the 1935–36 tour of Great Britain.[1] Mataira also represented New Zealand Māori.

In 1936 Mataira became involved in a dispute with a teammate over a jersey. His teammate, E.B. Rogers was knocked down during the fight and suffered a fractured skull after striking his head as he fell. He died from his injuries. Mataira was charged with manslaughter but was acquitted after it was found that Rogers had been the aggressor and Mataira had tried hard to avoid coming to blows.[1]

Rugby league career[edit]

Mataira switched codes in 1937, moving to Auckland and joining the City Rovers club in the Auckland Rugby League competition. Mataira later joined the Manukau club.[2] He was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis 1939 tour of Great Britain and France but the tour was cancelled before any Test matches were played due to the outbreak of World War II.

After the War, Mataira represented New Zealand Māori against several touring sides.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Hawea Mataira allblacks.com
  2. ^ Manukau Rugby League and Sports Club Inc aucklandleague.co.nz