Kia Ora Whakatōhea Whānau
We are twin brothers Jared and Chad Tuoro. Our Father is Maurice Tuoro, and Mother is Arihia Carrington. We are all on the Whakatōhea Tribal Database and have all joined the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust Email Tree to be “Connected” with our “Global Whanau”.
We grew up in Ōpōtiki in the early 90’s living on King Street with our parents and grandparents while attending Ōpōtiki Primary School.
Like many kids growing up during this time we have fond memories of playing rugby in bare feet, swimming all day either in the river or the beach, and hours playing with neighbors and friends until sunset. This upbringing is something we both strive to have for our young families and always look forward to holiday time back in Ōpōtiki during the summer time.
Post Ōpōtiki Primary School we both attended St Kentigern College Boarding School in Auckland for 5 years. Going from wearing any clothes and bare feet to school to wearing uniforms with blazers to school was a huge change. We adapted quickly and thoroughly enjoyed our 5 years of schooling which included becoming joint Heads of the Boarding Hostel and school prefects.
We Both played rugby at national provincial level for Auckland and Counties respectively. Chad’s rugby highlight was playing for the All Black Sevens team from 2008 – 2009 and attending the 2009 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai.
Jared’s highlight was playing for Auckland in the 2003 Ranfurly Shield and National Provincial Championship winning team but unfortunately sustaining a career ending injury in 2004.
Up until recently we were both working at NZ Rugby in Wellington, Chad as Talent Identification and Development for the All Black Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens programs, and Jared as one of three National Coach Development Managers.
Jared has since have moved back home to King Street in Ōpōtiki with his whānau (Wife – Huia, Daughter -Tyler (4), Sons -Tanerau (3) & Niwa (2 months) and are loving being reconnected with old friends and family.
Chad and his whānau (Wife – Amy, Sons – Rico (4) & Beau (2) live at Raumati Beach on the Kāpiti Coast and enjoy many similarities to our upbringing in Ōpōtiki.
We would both love nothing better than to help youth from Ōpōtiki achieve their sporting dreams as we know our people have so much potential.
We have many already on the world stage competing in a range of sports as athletes, coaches or support staff. We encourage anyone to stay focused and keep working hard and you will get to where you want to be.
We look forward to meeting many other relations though this great initiative of being “Connected” with our “Global Whanau”.