Matatū, a name gifted by Ngāi Tūāhuriri will be proudly carried forward by the new South Island Women’s Super Rugby team which will compete in the newly formed Super Rugby Aupiki competition kicking off in February 2022.
The team will represent the whole of Te Waka o Aoraki, specifically the regions covered by the Crusaders and the Highlanders.
The term Matatū does not have just one literal translation but is used in this instance as an instructive command to remain steadfast with head held high, alert and ready to take on any and every challenge head on.
Matatū has recently become synonymous with Aoraki. It speaks to the mana he holds as the enduring watchful guardian of all who reside in Te Waka o Aoraki as the highest peak of not only the South Island, but Aotearoa.
Values – Ngā Matatūtanga
TŪMANAWA (Determination) - We acknowledge the sacrifice we make and have made for our collective success.
TŪAHO (Legacy) - Our past is present, as we move forward.
TŪTIRA (Unity) - We walk together as one.
TŪHONO (Connections) - We draw strength from our connections to home.
2022 Draw & Ticket Sales
The 2022 draw will be confirmed in November 2021 and match tickets for home games will go on sale once the draw is confirmed. Please visit www.matatu.co.nz for more information.
2022 Matatū Squad
Lucy Anderson (Canterbury)
Alana Bremner (Canterbury)
Chelsea Bremner (Canterbury)
Grace Brooker (Canterbury)
Kendra Cocksedge (Canterbury)
Natalie Delamere (Bay of Plenty)
Amy du Plessis (Canterbury)
Terauoriwa Gapper (Canterbury)
Julia Gorinski (Otago)
Di Hiini (Canterbury)
Renee Holmes (Waikato)
Lucy Jenkins (Canterbury)
Rosie Kelly (Canterbury)
Michaela Leonard (Canberra, ACT)
Martha Lolohea (Canterbury)
Pip Love (Canterbury)
Liv McGoverne (Canterbury)
Arabella McKenzie (Walgett, NSW)
Kilistina Moata'ane (Otago)
Greer Muir (Otago)
Moomooga (Ashley) Palu (Hawke’s Bay)
Marcelle Parkes (Canterbury)
Georgia Ponsonby (Canterbury)
Amy Rule (Canterbury)
Grace Steinmetz (Canterbury)
Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (Canterbury)
We have a revolutionary opportunity to build a new inspirational brand story outside of the traditional Super Rugby Franchises that encompasses the unique, contemporary, and diverse landscape of Te Waka o Aoraki (South Island).
It gives our Wāhine the much needed opportunity to be recognised as equally Elite athletes (Reikura), empowering a potential new fan base and building the leaders of our future generations. While honouring the whakapapa (genealogy) of Elite Women’s rugby, formed from the legacies of those who pathed our way.
The team will represent the whole of Te Waka o Aoraki, specifically the regions covered by the Crusaders & the Highlanders.
OUR VALUES – Ngā Matatūtanga
TŪMANAWA Determination - We acknowledge the sacrifice we make and have made for our collective success.
TŪAHO Legacy - Our past is present, as we move forward.
TŪTIRA Unity - We walk together as one.
TŪHONO Connections - We draw strength from our connections to home.
Our Name - Matatū
This ingoa (name) aligns with the Teams values: Tūmanawa (determined sacrifice), Tūaho (legacy), Tūhono (connections) and Tūtira (unity) and has been gifted by Ngāi Tūāhuriri to symbolise the collective intent of the Team.
Matatū in this instance is being used as an instructive command to remain steadfast with head held high, alert and ready to take on any and every challenge head on.
The kupu (word) Matatū has in recent years become synonymous with Aoraki, the highest peak in the South Island, from his summit our reikura (female elite athletes) will be able to Aupiki (ascend to the highest realm).
Through our focus groups, we had strong feedback from all involved parties to explore options that are neutral to all teams in order to truly reflect the collaborative partnership between all regions.
There was also an aligned focus to consider a colour palette more relative to our whenua (land), our communities and the narrative of Matatū.
Our final colours are relevant to the South Island landscape and the glacial colours within our cultural narrative and the name Matatū.
The value of this tohu will be long lasting and standalone, entering the market championing Wāhine. It has been built with connections to the whenua (land), reikura (elite female athletes) and our Matatūtanga (values). It needs to be unique, fresh and contemporary, whilst reflective of our diverse yet connected communities.