Black Fern celebrates Christmas in Aitutaki

Wednesday December 27, 2017 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Cook Islander Black Fern Toka Natua spent Christmas with her family members in Aitutaki. 17122607 Cook Islander Black Fern Toka Natua spent Christmas with her family members in Aitutaki. 17122607

Black Fern Toka Natua spent her Christmas break in Aitutaki – the island she hails from.

 

Natua, who represented the Cook Islands in the Rugby League Women’s World Cup in November, travelled with about 60 of her family members from New Zealand to enjoy the festive season on the island.

She will spend her New Year in Hawai’i.

In an interview with stuff.co.nz, Natua shared her excitement about visiting Aitutaki and indulging into her favourite Christmas dishes while on the island.

“I love our traditional island food – particularly poke (bananas in coconut cream) and mayonnaise (pink potato salad),” she said.

She said wearing summer clothes and spending time with families were her favourite things about summer holidays.

Natua is also mindful of her fitness this festive season and currently doing crossfit to keep in shape.

She hopes to keep getting better, have a good club season and make the finals of the Farah Palmer Cup next year.

Ultimately, she hopes a “faster, stronger and more skillful” Black Ferns in 2018.

Natua, 26, has earned 11 Test caps with the Black Ferns – the New Zealand women’s rugby union team – after making her debut in 2015 against Canada.

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