21 Jun 2022

Tonga supporters out in force ahead of Tonga vs Kiwis

From First Up, 5:53 am on 21 June 2022

Right now in Auckland's Pacific Island neighbourhoods, you can't move for red and white flags flying out of cars, adorning front windows or draped around the shoulders of the most fervent supporters of any sports team anywhere in the world. On Saturday, the mighty Mate Ma'a Tonga men's rugby league team take on the New Zealand Kiwis at Mt Smart stadium, and the buildup -- which has already gone on for weeks -- is now at fever pitch. Our producer Matthew Theunissen lives out in Otahuhu so has been swept up in the excitement on the streets. He spoke to some folks in the town centre and filed this report.