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POROPOROAKI: Steven Taewhanake Pearson

Monday, June 15, 2020
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Bay of Plenty Rugby wishes to acknowledge the passing of Steven Taewhanake Pearson or affectionately known as Uncle Stevie on the rugby radio airwaves.

He was the voice of reason, the voice of rugby, the voice of the people. That is the best way to describe Steven says Bay of Plenty Chief Executive Mike Rogers.

“A man who lived and breathed Greerton Marist Rugby and could be heard every Saturday morning on Moana Radio. Telling it like it is. It will be sad to think we have lost such a rugby identity. My thoughts and wishes go out to his whānau at this sad time.”

Rogers says Steven passed away today, June 15. He is survived by his children, mokopuna and his brothers and sisters.

“I remember Steven inviting me on to his Saturday show and while he could be witty and charming, he had no problem calling you out on any rugby matter he felt needed to be raised.

“His rugby knowledge was second to none and he was a real advocate for not only for his club, Greerton Marist, but for every club in region. He will be missed.”

Steven will be taken to Huria Marae today and on Wednesday, he will be taken to Greerton Marist Clubrooms.

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