Whetu Taewa

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Whetu Taewa
Personal information
Born (1970-10-19) 19 October 1970 (age 47)
West Coast, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Position Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19?? Suburbs (WCRL)
1989–93 Halswell (CRL)
1994 Counties Manukau 23 16 0 0 64
1995 Auckland 11 1 0 0 4
1996 North Queensland 12 2 0 0 8
1997–98 Sheffield Eagles 23 3 0 0 12
1999–02 Hull Kingston Rovers
Total 69 22 0 0 88
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988 West Coast 4
1989–96 New Zealand 6 1 0 0 4
1989–93 Canterbury 37
1994 Auckland 1 0 0 0 0
1992–96 New Zealand Māori
Source: [1]

Whetu Taewa (born 19 October 1970) is a New Zealand former professional rugby league player who represented his country six times between 1989 and 1996.

Playing career[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Whetu was born on the West Coast, New Zealand and started playing rugby league there; all grades up to the West Coast Representative side. In 1987 he made the New Zealand under 17's training squad and also débuted in the West Coast rugby union side.[2] Taewa made the Junior Kiwis in 1988. In 1989 he moved to Christchurch and played for the Hallswell club. This was the year he first made the New Zealand Kiwis, joining their tour to Great Britain. From 1990 to 1993 he was part of the successful Canterbury side of the era and again joined the Kiwis on the 1993 tour of Great Britain and France.[3][4] He played 4 games for the West Coast and 37 games for Canterbury.[5] He played in the 1992 Pacific Cup for the New Zealand Māori side. In 1993 he was invited to be part of an Auckland Invitational XIII side that drew 16-all with the Balmain Tigers.[6]

Australian Rugby League[edit]

In 1994 he signed with the Auckland Warriors who were to be a new team in the Australian Rugby League premiership. He moved up to Auckland and played for the Counties Manukau Heroes in the Lion Red Cup that year and represented Auckland in their Rugby League Cup challenge.[7] In 1995 he was in the inaugural run on side for the Warriors in their first match against the Brisbane Broncos.[8] However, in 1996 he was released from the club and he joined the North Queensland Cowboys.[9] Taewa toured PNG in 1996 with the New Zealand Māori.[10]


In 1997 he joined the Sheffield Eagles in the Super League competition.[11] Taewa played centre in Sheffield Eagles' 17-8 victory over Wigan in the 1998 Challenge Cup Final during Super League III at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1998.

In 1999 he joined the Hull Kingston Rovers who played in the Northern Ford Premiership, the division below the Super League.[12] He became the captain in 2000, before retiring at the end of the 2002 season.

Coaching and later years[edit]

In 2003 he was an assistant coach for Hull Kingston Rovers before he returned home to New Zealand.[13] Taewa left Hull KR after a family friend fell ill in New Zealand.[14] He now resides in Cromwell.[15]


As Taewa represented the New Zealand Kiwis while playing for the Haswell club, he was rewarded with Honorary life membership at the club.[16]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ 1987 Lion Red Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1987. p.p.118-127
  3. ^ Kiwi Player Profiles NZLeague.co.nz
  4. ^ Smith, Tony (30 May 2009). "Nothing better than bettering Auckland". The Press. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Richard Becht. A New Breed Rising: The Warriors Winfield Cup Challenge. Auckland, HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN 1-86950-154-3. p.183
  6. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.298.
  7. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.164
  8. ^ Warriors 1995-2008 Warriors Official Site
  9. ^ Try Scoreres: Whetu Taewa rleague.com
  10. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 292. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  11. ^ 1997 Super League: Sheffield Eagles rugby-league-world.com
  12. ^ 2000 Northern Ford Premiership Guide The Telegraph, 29 November 2000
  13. ^ Whetu Is Number Two As Linnane Makes Plans Hull Daily Mail, 28 October 2002
  14. ^ 'It'S The Hardest Decision I'Ve Ever Made' Hull Daily Mail, 6 February 2003
  15. ^ "Warriors set to turn back time". One Sport. 17 June 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  16. ^ Kiwis Honours Board Hornets.co.nz