Each year, a group of our beekeepers and beekeeping partners compete in the East Coast Rugby Union Competition which is one of the premier events in the region. NZ Manuka Group and Pakura Beekeeping have proudly sponsored the team’s shirts, gear and away game travel costs.

Pakura Beekeeping manager and spokesperson for the team, Mark O’Brien explained what a great season the boys have had this year, “TVC won most their games throughout the season so were strong going into the competition.”

The team were up against Hikurangi for the final who were also a strong contender for the win.  However, it came down to penalty time and a last minute goal kick for TVC to secure the competition.

“At half time the score was 7-5 then 14-14 at full time,” says Mark of the nail-biting finish.  “The game went into extra time of 10mins each way which took the score up to 21 all when TVC got a final penalty to secure the game at 24-21.”

It was by far one of the most exciting games of the season with the whole community getting behind the game.  To win the competition is a fantastic result for everyone involved and supporting the boys playing.  And of course, the players are all thrilled with their win too.

The 2017 Mitre 10 Heartland Championship is the twelfth season of the second tier of New Zealand domestic competition. The tournament boasts twelve unions throughout the country, all of who are contributors to the catchment areas of the New Zealand Investec Super Rugby franchises.