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Kiwi connection to debut at Collingwood
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Monday, May 28 2012 @ 10:21 am ACST

What Rory I think needs to acknowledge is that Aust Football has been subject to net immigration into this nation for generation after generation of people 'schooled in the arts' of other more 'international' codes of football and sport in general.

The capacity to attract new arrivals to our game has been and is an important focus.  No more so before than now. 

And - especially to attract kids of a heavy NZ/Pacific heritage to give our game a go to start with - given the strength of both codes of Rugby in and through Australia and the close proximity to 'home' - this is something that ought not be underestimated.

The stereo types are being broken down.  Not all islanders are big bulky fellows more suited to rugby.  it's a nice myth spread I might guess by those with an interest in the perpetuation of that myth.

Seeing a fellow like Khan Haretuku who played in the VFL state game on Saturday in Hobart - a Sydney product, only took up footy around age 14 after being 100% Rugby previously.  Loves his footy so much now he's happily transplanted to Melbourne (during winter!!) and persisting with his footy (and at 198cm he's gotta be a chance for a mature age call up). 

The NZ attitude to the game - I guess interesting to read comments to a few of the recent articles on the St Kilda in Wellington proposition.  A lot of kiwis actually going against 'type' by being welcoming of the idea, a lot who have moved over here and urging the 'locals' to give it a go.  Perhaps it's time that Melbourne establishes closer 'cultural' ties with NZ than in the past where Sydney has dominated!!! 

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