Flight Centre and the Women’s Warriors want to find your Grassroots Hero, someone who is helping the next generation of Kiwi athletes to be the best that they can be! Nominate your Grassroots Hero for them to go in the draw to WIN a $2000 travel voucher. PLUS if they win, your sports team will win a $3,000 sports gear voucher AND a training session attended by one of the Warriors NRLW players!

View the Warriors NRLW players below, and then enter the draw to WIN*!






Billy Jean Ale

Day Job: Mother

Position: Prop

What it means to be a warrior: Fulfilling a childhood dream, it means what you dream as a kid can become a reality.  Hard work, mindset and consistency is everything.  It means I’ve made my kids proud but most of all I’ve made myself proud!

Destination at top of travel bucket list:  My dream destination would be to travel to Rarotonga, to be able to show my kids where they came from.


Kathleen Wharton Keremete

Day Job: Youth Justice

Position: 2nd Row

What it means to be a warrior: Being a Warrior is surreal, lots of talented women missed out on making this team.  I understand the scale of the privilege that has been afforded to me and I am grateful for the opportunity....an opportunity I will make the most of.

Favourite souvenir: I like to buy earrings as a souvenir from local vendors preferable handmade.


Tanika Jazz Noble-Bell

Position: 2nd Row

Age: 23

Day Job: Student at the University of Auckland

About: Her formal name is Tanika-Jazz, but you’ll find that she’s far more comfortable being known as ‘TJ’. A member of the premiership-winning Manurewa Wahine, she has appeared in multiple tournaments and was a front rower for the Warriors’ opening match against the Sydney Roosters.

What it means to be a warrior: Means alot to be a Warrior.  I’m not one to show my feelings.  But I’m super proud of myself.  I’ve always wanted to be in the Warriors, well before there was a NRL Womens competition.  Last year it was a dream come true, but to make it this year as well - it’s unreal.

Prefer summer or winter escapes:  Summer – I enjoy being able to explore and visit unique sites.  The sun creates more happiness and who doesn’t love shopping in good weather.


Annetta –Claudia Nuúausala

Position: Prop

Age: 24

Day Job: Customer and After-Sales Support for Husqvarna New Zealand

About: Prefering to be called ‘Netta’ or Annetta, this impressive player made an immediate impact on the inaugural NRL premiership with a bone-rattling monster tackle against Sydney Roosters back rower Zahara Temara. Rated the hit of the round, it scored her some well earned glory.

What it means to be a warrior:  It means a lot to not only be a part of the Womens side last year but to carry that forward this year aiming to be better than I was before.  Being able to do what I love amongst the best in this Sport!

Destination at top of travel bucket list: California


Kanyon Paul 

Day Job: Student

Position: Hooker/Halfback

What it means to be a warrior: It’s in the name.  I believe I am representing my family as their “WARRIOR” striving to succeed in the world.

Favourite place travelled to: I have been to many places – Rarotonga, Hawaii, Canada are my top ...but my home – Motiti Island is my favourite place to travel to.


Krystal Rota

Position: Hooker

Age: 33

Day Job: Full time mother of 2

About: Answering to her nickname ‘Kriddlez’, Krystal is one of the Warriors’ most experienced and decorated players. Rugby league runs in her blood, with her father Roger being a prominent member of the Auckland rugby league circles over the years.

What it means to be a warrior: Being a Warrior means the absolute world.  It’s an amazing honour to represent this Club and to have this opportunity.

Favourite people to travel with/travel buddies: My parents – I’ve travelled half way around the world with them already, climbing the Great Wall of China to the Eiffel Tower, had loads of fun at Disneyland and swam in the beautiful oceans of Rarotonga and Samoa.


Tasia Seumanufagai 

Day Job: Packer

Position: Loose Forward/2nd Row

What it means to be a warrior:  I’m honoured and privileged to be a part of this team.  It’s like a dream come true.

Last trip and top highlight: To Wellington and my highlight was my home.


Aieshaleigh Smalley

Position: Prop

Age: 27

Day Job: Full time mother

About: “Eesha” is a powerful front rower who has represented the Kiwi Ferns multiple times, but most impressively at the Rugby League World Cup in Australia. When on provincial duty, she plays for the Counties Manukau Stingrays, or the Otahuhu Leopards at a Club Level.

What it means to be a warrior: An absolute privilege and honour.  To be able to represent not only myself but my family and friends as well and because of that I’ll be forever grateful for this opportunity.

Favourite souvenir: I received a double insulated water bottle from a Hotel with engraving saying Kiwi Ferns 2017 for the Womens Rugby League World Cup that year.  It still hasn’t been used but it is sitting on a shelf and an adored ornament.  I love it!


Crystal Tamarua

Position: 2nd Row

Age: 24

Day Job: Postie for New Zealand Post

About: Making her debut for the Kiwi Ferns in 2017, in the Anzac Test against the Jillaroos, ‘Crys” went on to play for the Cook Islands in the women’s Rugby League World Cup later in the year. Playing for the Akarana Falcons, she earned herself the historic contract with the Warrior’s for the NRL premiership.

What it means to be a warrior:  To me being a Warrior means being a strong woman.  Being fearless and giving your all to everything, regardless of what you are going through.  Also to represent you family, club, culture and all the young women who look up to you.

Top international sporting event like to see live: Growing up my Dad used to take my sister and I every weekend to the local tennis courts to teach us how to play tennis (til this day he still asks).  We’ve been to the ASB Classics to watch a few of our favourites, including the Williams sisters.  But above all sporting events, I would like to watch the 2020 Wimbledon Event live with my Dad.


Taylor Reid

Position: Prop

Age: 25

Day Job: Student

About: Hailing from the Papakura Sisters, Tyler is a sure-fire player when it comes to league. Although new to the game, she quickly made herself known in the NRLW and has become a leading contender in the game. She got into the game when looking for a new challenge, after a good friend signed her up.

What it means to be a warrior:  This opportunity means everything to me - This is an amazing game and I love all the amazing people.










Amber Kani

Position: Centre

Age: 28

Day Job: Ambassador for the Manurewa Business Association.

About: Having played for multiple teams in her career, Amber made her debut with the New Zealand Women Warriors on 15th September 2018. As a member of the Auckland club premiership-winning Manurewa Wahine, she has helped claim multiple national titles in her time playing.

What it means to be a warrior: To be able to share an international field with my fellow team mates is something so precious to me as the sisterhood is real and strong, and I’d like to think we are bonded and brought together to play the game that we all know and love for a reason!

Where planning to travel next: If I could choose where I’d like to go to it would have to be Hawaii or Tahiti that would be my dream holiday destination.


Apii Nicholls

Position: Fullback

Age: 26

Day Job: Constable at the New Zealand Police in Counties Manukau.

About: Apii, or “Ups” as her team like to call her, is one classy fullback who has truly ignited the New Zealand scene – so much so that she won the 2017 New Zealand Rugby League women’s player of the year title.

What it means to be a warrior: It is so much fun. Years of hard work, sacrifices, camps and creating friends and bonds, are but a few of the best things about being a Warrior.

Some of things I take on holiday: Phone. Go-pro, training gears (gym/exercise), Money.


Georgia Hale

Position: Halfback/Captain

Age: 23

Day Job: Community Coordinator at the Vodafone Warriors.

About: An elite performer in a wide range of sports throughout her teenage years, “G” found her true passion in rugby league and ultimately dedicated herself to the cause! At 19 she was selected in the Kiwi Ferns squad and performed in a packed house at Eden Park.

What it means to be a warrior: This opportunity means everything to me - I love this amazing game! I love all the amazing people I get to play alongside and the amazing role models that I get to learn from.

Favourite travel memory: When me and my siblings were younger we went to the Gold Coast and went to all the theme parks.


Hilda Mariu

Position: Halfback

Age: 36

Day Job: Health Promoter for Te Kaha

About: “Hilds” owns a permanent place in rugby league history as the first try scorer in the inaugural NRL women’s premiership on September 8th 2018. As a Kiwi Fern since 2014, Mariu has experienced success time and time again!

What it means to be a warrior: Firstly, it means I represent New Zealand. I hold this close to me because I want to make the club and my whanau, tribe and country proud.

Last trip and top highlight: Queenstown 2 years ago as haven’t really had time to go on a trip.  My top highlight was realising how beautiful the South Island really is and how lucky we really are to live here in New Zealand.


Onjeurlina Leiataua

Position: Centre

Age: 23

Day Job: Warehouse Assistant for Tupperware

About: Former Papatoetoe High School pupil, “Onj” or “Onjie” has had an impressive run winning women’s national titles and being critical in helping the teams win. Her form saw her secure an impressive starting spot for the clubs opening match against the Sydney Roosters.

What it means to be a warrior: It means that I am able to help pave the way and help grow the game we love, rugby league, for the young girls coming through.  Me being there means that anyone out there can make it too!!

Favourite people to travel with: My boyfriend and family.


Madison Bartlett 

Day Job: Student Liason Office, Massey University

Position: Wing

What it means to be a warrior: Being a Warrior to me means representing my Club, my team mates and my family.  It’s about being a caretaker of the Jersey and showing pride to the people who played before me and the ones yet to come.  It’s an honour and privilege to pave a pathway for the girls who are yet to come! But I also think it’s a representation of the hard work and dedication we all have to the game.

Favourite place travelled to and why:  So hard!! I love America (LA and Las Vegas) I’m an adrenalin junky so loved six flags, the lights and casinos in Las Vegas are such an experience and the shopping is just amazing!


Honey Hireme 

Day Job: Disability Sport Adviser

Position: Centre

What it means to be a warrior: It means representing my homeland and my people.  Being a Warrior is about being a Protector and standing up for each other! Side by side.

Type of Traveller: I travel for sport, work and whanau time which always includes somewhere with a lot of sun.


Jules Newman

Day Job: Cultural Strategist

Position: Centre

What it means to be a warrior: Means so many different things to different people.  For me it’s about being one of a handful to wear the Warriors Emblem and that just shows what it means to New Zealanders, girls and women around our country because there is history in this Club and in our jerseys and that not everyone gets to this point.  So that is what makes it so special – when you get the jersey it is theoretically a chance to represent our country because we are the only New Zealand Club in the NRL – and to inspire other girls and women to take up rugby league as their sport of choice.

Top international sporting event want to see live in action: The Crossfit Games.  It’s where the top athletes come together from around the world and compete for the fittest on earth.  The Crossfit Games events are made up of a broad range of functional movements that move large loads long distances quickly.  I find these athletes absolutely phenomenal and to be a spectator would be an unbelievable experience.


Charntay Poko 

Day Job: Sports Coordinator/Teacher Assistant

Position: Halfback/Standoff

What it means to be a warrior: Mean a lot to be a Warrior, especially as I missed out last year due to injury.  I am able to represent the jersey as well as my family back home in Christchurch.

Favourite travel memory: Rarotonga  - where we got upgraded to business class!


Roela Radiniyavuni 

Position: Centre/Wing/Fullback

What it means to be a warrior: To be strong and ruthless.

Type of traveller: Travel for sport.


Timaima Ravisa 

Day Job: Student

Position: Fullback

What it means to be a warrior: Being a Warrior means a lot to me.  I’m the first ever person in my family to secure a contract overseas and I’m blessed and grateful for the opportunity being given to me to be a Warrior.  I have to be strong and courageous all the time.

Planning to travel to next: Jerusalem


Atawhai Tupaea 

Day Job: Fitness Coordinator

Position: Wing

What it means to be a warrior:  Representing then Warriors at the highest level has to be the best honour of all.  Especially for my family who are massive sports fans.

Some of things always take on holiday: Top 5 things are: Headphones (MUSIC), Phone and charger, Pillow, Water Bottle and Hair Straightener






Be in to WIN*!

  • $2000 Flight Centre voucher for your nominated Grassroots Hero
  • $3000 worth of new sports gear for your team
  • A training session attended by one of the Warriors NRLW players*


We’re looking for that special someone who is helping you and your fellow young athletes. It might be your coach who drives your team to do your best, a teacher who’s ready with oranges at half time, or a relative who’s always on uniform washing duty.

There are plenty of ways to be a Grassroots Hero, tell us below who yours is, and why they deserve to win a holiday*

Enter below:

By submitting this form, you accept the terms and conditions outlined below.



Terms and Conditions:

“Flight Centre Women’s Warriors Grassroots Hero COMPETITION”

The Promoter
1. The Promoter is Flight Centre (NZ) Limited - Level 3, 124 Vincent Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
Conditions of Entry
2. Information about the Prizes and how to enter forms part of these terms and conditions of entry. Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions of entry by each entrant.
3. Entry is open to residents of New Zealand who enter the promotion in the required manner as stated in these terms and conditions ("Eligible Entrants").  Entrants under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian to do so.
4. Employees of Flight Centre Travel Group Limited, its related bodies corporate, suppliers, agencies, licensees, employees of any travel agency, airline, National Rugby League and their immediate families are not permitted to enter.
Duration of Promotion Period
5. The promotion will commence at 9am NZST on 06 September, 2019 and will continue until 11.55pm on 07 October, 2019 ("Promotion Period").

How to Enter
6. Eligible Entrants may enter the competition by going to www.flightcentre.co.nz/warriors and completing the entry form as per the instructions to go in the draw.  Eligible Entrants must submit online within 300 words or less why their nominated ‘Grassroots Hero’ deserves to win.
7. Entries will be deemed to be accepted at the time of the selection of the winning entry.
8. Entries received will be considered final by the Promoters. Entries which are incomplete, inaccurate, erroneous, illegible, inappropriate, offensive or incomprehensible or which infringe intellectual property rights will be deemed invalid.
9. Entries must be received by the Promoter during the Promotion Period. The Promoter does not accept responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.
10. Any costs associated with accessing the promotion are the responsibility of each entrant and are dependent on the Internet Service Provider used.
11. The winning entrant’s nominated Grassroots Hero and Sporting Team will be the Prize Winners.
12. If the Promoter is unable to provide the Prize Winners with the nominated Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to supply an alternative Prize of similar monetary value, subject to any direction of a lottery authority.
13. If the Prize Winner does not accept any element of the Prize, the Promoter is not obliged to provide the Prize Winner with a substitute Prize.

Selection of Prize Winner
14. The Prize Winners will be the Grassroots Hero and Sporting Club as nominated by the winning entrant.
15. The winning entry will be selected based on the best judged nomination.
16. The winning entry will be selected at 12pm NZST on 08 October, 2019 and the draw will take place at Level 3, 124 Vincent street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand .
17. The winning entry and the Prize Winners will be notified via phone or email the same time and business day of the Prize Draw.
18. The Promoter will not enter into correspondence regarding the result of the Prize Draw.
19. The Prize Winners will have until 12pm NZST on 09 October 2019 to claim their Prize.
20. If any Prize has not been claimed by the Prize Winners by, an Unclaimed Prize Draw for the Unclaimed Prize will occur at 1pm NZST on 09 October ("Unclaimed Prize Draw").

Prize Details
21. The Prizes consist of:
21a. For the winning entrant’s nominated Grassroots Hero - a Flight Centre travel voucher to the value of $2,000 NZD;
21b. For the winning entrant’s nominated sporting team - a $3,000 NZD Rebel Sport NZ sporting goods voucher; and
21c. For the winning entrant’s nominated sporting team - a Women’s Warriors player to attend the team training session, subject to availability, location and timing of the session.
22. The total Prize value for this promotion is $5,000 NZD.
23. The Prize Winners must take the Prize as offered. The Prizes are not transferable, redeemable, refundable, and cannot be sold or exchanged for cash.  The Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
24. The Prizes and any travel bookings associated with the prizes are subject to the standard booking terms and conditions of The Promoter. 
25. Any passes, tickets or vouchers issued as part of the prizes are subject to prevailing terms and conditions of use and any tickets or passes are only valid for the use within the standard duration on the passes or tickets issues or the duration of the chosen prize, whichever is earlier.

26. The personal information of entrants will be collected to enable the Promoter to administer and promote this promotion and to contact the Prize Winners (or, if applicable, the winner of an Unclaimed Prize Draw).  Entrants agree that the Promoter may handle their personal information in accordance with the Promoter's privacy policy, which is available at: flightcentre.co.nz/booking-terms-conditions.  Entrants who are 18 years or older agree that the Promoter may use their personal information for marketing purposes.  If an entrant does not truthfully provide all requested personal information, the Promoter may determine that they are not eligible to win the promotion.
27. The winning entrant who is over the age of 18 consents to the use of their name, suburb of residence, image and social media name or handle for promotional and marketing purposes. The personal information of the winning entrant may be provided to others assisting, including Prize suppliers and deliverers, and to authorities that regulate this promotion.
28. All entrants who are 18 years or older and submit any entry to the Promoter: (a) grant the Promoter and its licensees and assignees a non-exclusive licence to exercise all rights in perpetuity throughout the world in the entry material and all other material provided by the entrant to the Promoter pursuant to this promotion at any time; and (b) represent and warrant that the exercise of the rights granted to the Promoter in these terms and conditions will not infringe the rights of any third parties; and (c) indemnify the Promoter against any loss or damage resulting from any breach of the foregoing representation and warranty.
29. By entering this competition entrants who are 18 years or older agree to allow the Promoter to repost their entry/submission on the Promoter’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin, Google+ and Pinterest accounts, the Promoter’s website and blog within the Promoter’s electronic direct mail (eDM) communication pieces.
30. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not responsible or liable for:
- inaccurate/incorrect transcription of entry information;
- purported entries that are not received for any reason, including because they are lost, misdirected or stolen, or that are received, but are late, illegible, incomplete, sent with insufficient postage (where entry is by post), or sent other than as directed in the entry instructions;
- any problems or technical failures of any kind, including malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems or network, servers or providers, computer equipment, or software;
- the unavailability or inaccessibility of any service whether or not caused by traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website;
- unauthorised human intervention in any part of the competition;
- electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the competition;
- any loss suffered or sustained, to person or property and including, but not limited to, consequential (including economic) loss arising in connection with the arrangement for supply, or the supply, of any goods or services by any person to a Prize Winner and, where applicable, to any family/persons accompanying a Prize Winner; or
- any injury or damage to persons or property, including to the participant's or any other person's computer related to, or resulting from, participation or downloading any materials in this competition.
31. The Promoter will not be liable for personal injury suffered during participation in the promotion or use of the Prize, except to the extent directly caused by the Promoter's negligence. If requested by The Promoter, the Prize Winner(s), and his or her guests, must sign and return any liability release and indemnity provided by the Promoter and/or its contractors as a condition of a Prize being awarded. Failure to return the signed releases and indemnities may result in the entitlement to the Prize being forfeited and the selection of another Prize Winner.
32. The above conditions do not affect, and are not intended to affect, any rights a consumer might have, which cannot be excluded under applicable consumer protection laws. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any liability of the Promoter or its servant or agents for breach of any such rights is limited to the payment of the cost of having the Prizes supplied again.
33. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with any social media channel.