MPs and sporting legends to turn out for Christchurch charities

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This Saturday the New Zealand Parliamentary rugby and netball teams will take on Canterbury sporting legends to raise money for Christchurch charities 0800 Hungry and Hohepa Canterbury.

National List MP based in the Port Hills Nuk Korako, who is hosting the event, said the games were a great opportunity to raise both money and awareness for two very special causes.

“0800 Hungry and Hohepa Canterbury both contribute significantly to the wellbeing of our Christchurch communities. It is great to have MPs from across the political spectrum supporting their work, and I encourage locals to do the same by coming along to the games and our after-match function,” says Mr Korako.

“We have an impressive line-up of Ministers and MPs taking part in this event, including Speaker of the House Rt Hon David Carter. Hon Gerry Brownlee, who is one of the original Parliamentary rugby teamplayers, will also be making a cameo appearance on the field.”

The Parliamentary rugby side includes Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Hon Damien O’Connor, Alfred Ngaro, Mark Mitchell, Peeni Henare, Kris Faafoi and Nuk Korako.

Hon Amy Adams, Maureen Pugh, Poto Williams and Louisa Wall will face a strong Canterbury Legends netball team, which includes Silver Ferns Donna Wilkins and Julie Seymour.

Hon Michael Woodhouse will referee the rugby match and well-known New Zealand netball umpires David Palaamo and Michael Wylie will be officiating.

“All the MPs are looking forward to Saturday. Our Parliamentary teams are up against some tough Canterbury players, but I am confident we can win,” says Mr Korako.

The Parliamentary netball team will play at 1pm at Christ’s College Indoor Court followed by the rugby team who will kick off at 3pm at Christ’s College Upper Rugby Ground. The after-match function, which includes a charity auction and mixing with sporting legends and MPs, starts at 4:30pm.

Gate entry to the games is by donation. The After-Match Function is ticket only entry. Tickets can be purchased from All proceeds go to 0800 Hungry and Hohepa Canterbury.

Full event details:

Parliamentary Netball Team VS Canterbury Netball Legends
When: 1pm
Where: Indoor Court, Christ's College, Rolleston Avenue

2:30pm Entertainment leading up to rugby game

Parliamentary Rugby Team VS Canterbury Rugby Legends
When: 3pm
Where: Upper Rugby Ground, Christ's College, Rolleston Avenue

After-Match Function
When: 4:30pm - 6:30pm (pre-purchased ticket entry only)
Where: Chapman Room, Christ's College, Rolleston Avenue