New Zealand Maori and Samoa won each of their games in the under-16 and under-18 competitions on the opening day of the inaugural Pasifika Youth Cup at Cornwall Park.

The tournament kicked off in the afternoon after a captivating powhiri at Mount Smart Stadium when the New Zealand Maori Rugby League welcomed the other participating teams.

Also present at the powhiri were senior dignitaries from the Cook Islands and other community leaders.

DAY ONE REULTS

Under-16s

Fiji 52 (Nathaniel Cama, Dillon Vale, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkins 2, Keanu Ratumaitavuki-Aiolupo, Mairenga Laapo, Logan Rasiga, Nathan Matiavi 2 tries; Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkins 8 goals).

Niue 10 (Sionekau Lokeni, Qurt Pioiva tries; Sionekau Lokeni goal).

New Zealand Maori 38 (Taratu Mankelow, Rayna Whakaari 3, Jay Te Kani, Kaya Cuthers, Te Taonga Muru Hauraki 2 tries; Kaylib Savage, Te Napi Waipouri 2 goals).

Cook Islands 6 (Rodney Horn try; Akew Junior goal).

Samoa 26 (Brian Lealiifano, Simi Sasagi, Eteuale Lui 2 tries; Talitua Salima, Tuinamo Tepulolo 4 goals).

Tonga 6 (Fangupo Lavaka try; Sione Moala goal).

Under-18s

New Zealand Maori 36 (Matthew Timoko, Tekahi Nathan 3, Jahmarl Weir, Arron Shelford, Jordan Riki, Joey Los’e tries; Aublix Tawha 2 goals).

Cook Islands 6 (Repoama Ponga tries; Dante Vaovusa goal).

Samoa 20 (Jonathan Falelu-Falio, Dredin McGee, Caleb Fa’auiaga, Edwin Amituanai tries; Tony Sofeni, Lewis Sio goals).

Tonga 10 (Tevita Faletagoai, Manatu Tangataevaha tries; Tevita Faletagoai goal).