Howard Peeti

Harlequins  1998 - present
Position:Prop / Hooker
SENIOR B:         1998
SENIOR:1999 - 2004
SENIOR Games:84
SENIOR Manager:2005 - 2010, '18, '20
SENIOR Coach:2011, 2012
SENIOR Medic:2015, 2017

Timaru Harlequins Rugby Football Club:  
2006 - 2016Committee
2017 - 2020Vice Prsident
2021 - presentPresident

Te Waipounamu Maori Rugby Board:
2002 - 2011Committee
2012 - 2016Vice Chairman
2017 - 2019Chairman

New Zealand Maori Rugby Board:
2012 - 2019:TWMRB Delegate

Peeti joins New Zealand Maori Rugby Board

Stu Piddington. 05 Sep 2012

Timaru's Howard Peeti has replaced his friend Smiley Haua on the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board.

Due to illness Haua passed away peacefully umongst family in January and Peeti was elected to take his place on the Te Waipounamu board.

"I was then nominated as vice chair to the Te Waipounamu Maori Rugby Board, this followed my nomination as the second delegate from the Te Waipounamu Board to the New Zealand Board.

"My role on the NZMRB is a joint voice between myself and Walter Waka (Te Tau Ihu) as the representatives of Te Waipounamu (Southern)."Aotearoa (NZ) is split into 3 regions Te Hiku O te Ika (Northern), Te Tini A Maui (Central) and Te Waipounamu (Southern) each region holds its own tournament at the end of February and from these tournaments, teams are selected to participate in our annual fixtures held over a 3 week period beginning early March, these games are contested in three categories Senior (Prince of Wales Cup), Colts (Manny MacDonald Cup), Wahine (Farrah Palmer Trophy) and a combined overall trophy "The George Nepia Memorial Shield" which the southern zone held for 4 years straight before losing it narrowly this year to Te Hiku O Te Ika.

"I enjoy the new challenge of being part of such a high profile board, the people I get to meet while building new friendships, the game in itself be it club, representative or Maori rugby,

His first involvement in Maori rugby was in 1999 when his good friend Darren Holden asked him to play for Aoraki.

Holden then introduced him to the man who reinvigorated local Maori rugby, Haua.

"My wife, Erica, was first to be involved with the administrative side, as one of two delegates for Aoraki in 2003."

Te Waipounamu is divided into five regions, Te Tau Ihu (Tasman), Waitaha (Canterbury), Aoraki (Mid/South Canterbury, North Otago), Otakou (Otago) Murihiku (Southland).

Peeti started as assistant manager for the colts team in 2006 and progressed to be their senior manager in 2009 to today.

Peeti was born in Whanganui and his iwi is Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi, and moved to Timaru in March 1998 for work reasons.

Peeti has been a member of Harlequins since its amalgamation and has been heavily involved, first as a player until 2004, then six years as the senior manager, as well as being on the committee since 2008.

The past two seasons he and Steve Foster have coached the senior Harlequins side to the final.

Peeti admits like most kiwis he is an avid follower of the All Blacks and although he is entrenched deep within Crusaders and Highlanders country he still remains a loyal supporter of the Hurricanes.

He has split loyalty between his home town of Whanganui and South Canterbury when it comes to Heartland rugby, and has frequently don the black and blue colours of his home town at clashes at Alpine Energy Stadium while also remaining interested in Whanganui club rugby.