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Ngati Porou East Coast – New Coach

Whetu Haerewa (left) our new 2014 Heartlands team Head Coach

Ngati Porou East Coast are excited to welcome Whetu Haerewa to the fold as our 2014 Heartlands team Head Coach.

Of Te whanau a Tuwhakairiora, Whetu is the sole charge Police Sergeant in Te Kaha and has become involved with the TVC club.

Our Chairman Campbell Dewes is ‘buoyed’ by his appointment as he has a wealth of experience as a player – of rugby and rugby league – and is “bedded down in our whanau and hapu centricisms”.

Further to his profession as a Police Officer, Whetu’s background is a colourful blend of community and cultural involvement.

Whetu has a great understanding of the Ngati Porou culture and is absolutely passionate about the development of Ngati Porou rugby at all levels.

So Whetu, nau mai hoki mai ki te wa kainga – here’s to a great season.

You’ll have a chance to hear from Whetu himself very soon right here at

radioClick the image to tune in to Radio Ngati Porou’s ‘game on’ with Ken Eruera this Saturday morning ( 1st March ) to hear from the new NPEC Head Coach Whetu Haerewa.

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Whetu currently lives at Cape Runaway and he is currently the Police Officer in Charge of the Te Kaha Police Station.

Whetu has been associated with East  Coast Rugby for a number of years as a child playing rugby, club rugby for both Hicks Bay and TVC, Matakaoa Sub Union, The East  Coast 7’s team, Under 19’s,  Maori’s and the East  Coast NPC team

Whetu brings over 20 years experience playing and coaching at all levels of sport both here in New Zealand and overseas.Whetu has also coached swimming, Netball, Basketball, Touch, Softball, Rugby League and specializing in Rugby Union.


Rugby Achievements :

2011  Bay of Plenty Police Rugby Team Player
2008 Bay of Plenty Police rugby team player versus Australia
2004 Queensland Police Rugby League Team Selection
1996-98 Akita City Japan – Player/Coach
1998  East Coast Rugby Team – Player/Coach
1996 Poverty Bay Ruby Team Player
1991-95 East Coast Rugby Team
1991-96 East Coast 7’s

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