It’s the last chance today for One New Zealand Warriors supporters to vote for captain Tohu Harris for the Ken Stephen Medal – Man of the Year.
The prestigious award recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field but has also committed time off the field to community projects.
The Warriors Community Foundation and the club combined to nominate Harris for going above and beyond in his involvement in charity work, youth development and community support.
With a passion for contributing outside his club commitments, Harris is a highly respected leader on and off the field. He's deeply committed to enriching the lives of people in the New Zealand community through a variety of ways.
Harris’ citation reads:
After three years of Covid restrictions, this year the One New Zealand Warriors were enthusiastic to be back playing on home soil. Tohu and his teammates were determined to repay their faithful fans who had stood by the team who had spent the best part of three years living and playing all their NRL matches outside their country. Upon his return to New Zealand, Tohu was committed to make a difference in his community. Tohu has stood out as a Warrior who passionately embraced his role in community, working with the club’s Warriors Community Foundation in programmes such as League in Libraries and Prepare to Perform.
Beyond his club community work, Tohu has worked closely with a local school to fundraise for resources such as new netball courts and an outdoor canopy and skateboarding ramp. These new resources provide opportunities for students to be physically active while engaging with the local community. Tohu promotes the value of regular exercise whenever visiting local schools or junior clubs.
Tohu is passionate about helping local communities. His visits to Napier, after a natural disaster hit their community, uplifted the spirits of the locals. He humbly visits communities, always willing to help practically or support locals emotionally.
Starting his NRL journey by playing for Tamatea Rugby and Sports Club in Hawke’s Bay, Tohu is an inspiration to all New Zealanders, especially young children, as they pursue their dreams of one day playing in the NRL.