25 Oct 2011

Wainuiomata plans celebration for Piri Weepu

7:37 pm on 25 October 2011

A hometown celebration in Wainuiomata is being organised for All Black halfback Piri Weepu.

The manager of Wainuiomata Marae, Linda Olsen, says people at the pa are talking about a celebration once the hype of the World Cup win settles down.

She says Weepu played well in the match that delivered a win of 8 points to 7 to the All Blacks: the narrowest margin in cup history.

But the half-back's grandmother, Bubby Turner, says her moko or grandson played "all right".

She says she doesn't like praising him because that would sound like she's skiting, even though deep down she's proud of her grandson.

Mrs Turner says she's not sure yet if the family is going to put on a celebration for Weepu, but she's behind the community doing something for her moko.