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Tasman Makos to helicopter in to Kaikoura on Monday


The Tasman Makos will make their presence known in earthquake ravaged Kaikoura on Monday.

In an outreach to children and parents impacted by the Kaikoura earthquakes, Tasman Makos captain Shane Christie and half-back Billy Guyton will helicopter in to Kaikoura on Monday from 11am to 2.45pm.

The trip has been made possible by the generosity of Tasman sponsor Helicopters New Zealand (HNZ), who have donated the flight expenses.

“We’ve flown various organisations in over the last two weeks and it’s our pleasure to assist Tasman RU to bring some fun into the lives of Kaikoura’s school children and their parents”, says Keith Mullett, CEO of HNZ.

The players will be accompanied by Tasman Rugby Union CEO Tony Lewis and Rugby Development Officer Tim Manawatu.

Tim’s family hail from Kaikoura and he will run the various activities with Shane and Billy.

Monday’s schedule is:

9am – Depart Helicopters NZ, Nelson Airport

10am – Arrive Takahanga Domain, Kaikoura.

10.10am – Maori Tours Van transport to Kaikoura High School.

11am –Let the FUN BEGIN! – Skills sessions and fun games

12.30pm – Sausage Sizzle courtesy of Mediaworks, KB Bakery & Pestells – and Makos Interviews

1.30pm – Team Ripper Games.

2.45pm –Photos and Wrap Up

Tony says is delighted that the visit can take place.

“Kaikoura’s rugby and general communities have undergone a great deal of trials and stress over the last two weeks and being able to go in and give some fun and light relief for a day is what our players are good at.”