Day Job: Ambassador for the Manurewa Business Association.
About: Having played for multiple teams in her career, Amber made her debut with the New Zealand Women Warriors on 15th September 2018. As a member of the Auckland club premiership-winning Manurewa Wahine, she has helped claim multiple national titles in her time playing.
What it means to be a warrior: To be able to share an international field with my fellow team mates is something so precious to me as the sisterhood is real and strong, and I’d like to think we are bonded and brought together to play the game that we all know and love for a reason!
Where planning to travel next: If I could choose where I’d like to go to it would have to be Hawaii or Tahiti that would be my dream holiday destination.
Day Job: Constable at the New Zealand Police in Counties Manukau.
About: Apii, or “Ups” as her team like to call her, is one classy fullback who has truly ignited the New Zealand scene – so much so that she won the 2017 New Zealand Rugby League women’s player of the year title.
What it means to be a warrior: It is so much fun. Years of hard work, sacrifices, camps and creating friends and bonds, are but a few of the best things about being a Warrior.
Some of things I take on holiday: Phone. Go-pro, training gears (gym/exercise), Money.
Day Job: Community Coordinator at the Vodafone Warriors.
About: An elite performer in a wide range of sports throughout her teenage years, “G” found her true passion in rugby league and ultimately dedicated herself to the cause! At 19 she was selected in the Kiwi Ferns squad and performed in a packed house at Eden Park.
What it means to be a warrior: This opportunity means everything to me - I love this amazing game! I love all the amazing people I get to play alongside and the amazing role models that I get to learn from.
Favourite travel memory: When me and my siblings were younger we went to the Gold Coast and went to all the theme parks.
Day Job: Health Promoter for Te Kaha
About: “Hilds” owns a permanent place in rugby league history as the first try scorer in the inaugural NRL women’s premiership on September 8th 2018. As a Kiwi Fern since 2014, Mariu has experienced success time and time again!
What it means to be a warrior: Firstly, it means I represent New Zealand. I hold this close to me because I want to make the club and my whanau, tribe and country proud.
Last trip and top highlight: Queenstown 2 years ago as haven’t really had time to go on a trip. My top highlight was realising how beautiful the South Island really is and how lucky we really are to live here in New Zealand.
Day Job: Warehouse Assistant for Tupperware
About: Former Papatoetoe High School pupil, “Onj” or “Onjie” has had an impressive run winning women’s national titles and being critical in helping the teams win. Her form saw her secure an impressive starting spot for the clubs opening match against the Sydney Roosters.
What it means to be a warrior: It means that I am able to help pave the way and help grow the game we love, rugby league, for the young girls coming through. Me being there means that anyone out there can make it too!!
Favourite people to travel with: My boyfriend and family.
Day Job: Student Liason Office, Massey University
What it means to be a warrior: Being a Warrior to me means representing my Club, my team mates and my family. It’s about being a caretaker of the Jersey and showing pride to the people who played before me and the ones yet to come. It’s an honour and privilege to pave a pathway for the girls who are yet to come! But I also think it’s a representation of the hard work and dedication we all have to the game.
Favourite place travelled to and why: So hard!! I love America (LA and Las Vegas) I’m an adrenalin junky so loved six flags, the lights and casinos in Las Vegas are such an experience and the shopping is just amazing!
Day Job: Disability Sport Adviser
What it means to be a warrior: It means representing my homeland and my people. Being a Warrior is about being a Protector and standing up for each other! Side by side.
Type of Traveller: I travel for sport, work and whanau time which always includes somewhere with a lot of sun.
Day Job: Cultural Strategist
What it means to be a warrior: Means so many different things to different people. For me it’s about being one of a handful to wear the Warriors Emblem and that just shows what it means to New Zealanders, girls and women around our country because there is history in this Club and in our jerseys and that not everyone gets to this point. So that is what makes it so special – when you get the jersey it is theoretically a chance to represent our country because we are the only New Zealand Club in the NRL – and to inspire other girls and women to take up rugby league as their sport of choice.
Top international sporting event want to see live in action: The Crossfit Games. It’s where the top athletes come together from around the world and compete for the fittest on earth. The Crossfit Games events are made up of a broad range of functional movements that move large loads long distances quickly. I find these athletes absolutely phenomenal and to be a spectator would be an unbelievable experience.
Day Job: Sports Coordinator/Teacher Assistant
What it means to be a warrior: Mean a lot to be a Warrior, especially as I missed out last year due to injury. I am able to represent the jersey as well as my family back home in Christchurch.
Favourite travel memory: Rarotonga - where we got upgraded to business class!
What it means to be a warrior: To be strong and ruthless.
Type of traveller: Travel for sport.
Day Job: Student
What it means to be a warrior: Being a Warrior means a lot to me. I’m the first ever person in my family to secure a contract overseas and I’m blessed and grateful for the opportunity being given to me to be a Warrior. I have to be strong and courageous all the time.
Planning to travel to next: Jerusalem
Day Job: Fitness Coordinator
What it means to be a warrior: Representing then Warriors at the highest level has to be the best honour of all. Especially for my family who are massive sports fans.
Some of things always take on holiday: Top 5 things are: Headphones (MUSIC), Phone and charger, Pillow, Water Bottle and Hair Straightener