Several hundred mourners this morning farewelled teenage
rugby player Jordan Kemp at Otamatea Marae, about 20km West
of the Northland Town of Maungaturoto.
Jordan, 17, died from suspected brain bleed on Sunday
suffered during a match between his Otamatea Hawks premier
reserves and Old Boys Marist at Kensington Park the previous
Jordan's body arrived at the Otamatea Marae at 11.15pm on
Monday and today hundreds of mourners descended on the marae
to pay their respects.
The marae and several outbuildings were packed with mourners,
leaving many to brave torrential rain outside during the
Students from his old schools, Otamatea High and Auckland
Boys Grammar, members of the Otamatea Hawks Rugby Club, the
Northland Rugby Union, family and friends were among those
who braved atrocious weather.
Jordan's body left the marae about 11.30am to a stirring haka
from the Auckland grammar students and as his coffin was
taken into the urupa across the road the rain stopped as
another haka by Otamatea Hawks players and members rang out.
The coffin was carried the short distance to the Kakaraea
Cemetery, where he was laid to rest.
The funeral was attended by representatives from both rugby
clubs, the Northland Rugby Union and New Zealand Rugby.
- New Zealand Herald and Northern Advocate staff