Episode 57 - Paul Whatuira


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“It’s important to control your emotions and over the last 2 years I’ve embraced myself with my culture and more about my Maori culture and I have found that as a positive thing to keep me healthy and well. With the Haka it’s an emotional War dance you are calling upon your ancestors and the history of your family and our country. You are soaking up that spirit and strength in but controlling the emotion and making sure it doesn’t get on top of you, it can be draining. So it’s about keeping that balance, understanding who and why you’re doing the Haka for but also bringing it back down and staying relaxed and balanced when you finish”

My special guest is Paul Whatuira. Paul is a former professional Rugby League player who played in the NRL for the West Tigers, Penrith Panthers, Melbourne Storm and NZ Warriors and over in the Super League for Huddersfield. He won 2 premierships in 2003 (Penrith) and 2005 (West Tigers). Away from the game he has transitioned into the role of West Tigers education and well being officer and is the director of Internal Strength.

You will learn plenty of Paul Whatuira in episode 57 of the Talking with TK Podcast.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

4:20 – Welcome Paul Whatuira

5:00 – Educating the West Tigers under 20’s

6:55 – Transitioning into his role at Tigers

8:40 – Retirement & finding his identity

10:00 – Public Speaking

12:50 – Feedback from his talks

13:30 – Vulnerability

14:44 – Learning from your losses

15:45 – Finding his way to the Panthers

16:30 – John Lang

18:00 – Preston Campbell

19:00 – Multi cultural NRL

21:00 – RENI MAITUA PREVIEW

25:00 – Growing up in Wainuiomata

26:34 – Getting into league instead of union

29:30 – Moving to the Tigers

31:29 – Taking risks and similarities between the Panthers and Tigers

32:43 – The Sattler tackle

33:05 – 2003 Grand Final

34:25 – Penrith community in the run in

35:11 – Benji, Robbie & Dene Halatau

36:19 – Benji Marshall, leadership & the 2018 season

40:07 – COREY PATERSON RECAP

41:37 – 2004 Test Debut

43:40 – The New Zealand Test Camp

44:36 – The Haka

48:42 – Huddersfield

49:29 – Adversity in the UK & 7 days of no sleep

52:44 – First step to a normal life

54:00 – Advice in tough times

57:38 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

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