Te Rauparaha was a Ngati Toa chief and warrior. Sometimes called the 'Napoleon of the Southern Hemisphere', he ruled the lower end of the North Island from his base at Kapiti Island for the best part of 20 years
Ernest Asher began playing rugby in Tauranga, going on to become a representative. In 1908, he joined his brother Albert in forming a team of Māori players to tour Australia. Upon their arrival in Sydney, the New South Wales Rugby Football League encouraged them to switch codes on the spot.
Ernest Asher would go on to tour Australia in an all-Māori rugby league team in 1909, and then join the New Zealand league team against England in 1910. He made another tour of Australia with the national team in 1913. During this period, he and Albert helped to form the City Rovers League Club in Auckland.
Upon retirement, Ernest saw great success as a manager, selector and administrator. In 1956 he managed the New Zealand Maori Rugby League team in Australia. He also served as secretary of the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board for nearly 60 years.
Outside of rugby and league, Ernest Asher was well known in weightlifting circles, and was a member of the Auckland Hairdressers’ Assistants Union. He was a hairdresser for 50 years.