Local cricket legend presented with life membership

 The Waiuku District Cricket Club has farewelled and honoured one of their member’s who can only be described a legend.

Saki Saunokonoko was awarded with a life membership with the long standing club, just before the stalwart of the community headed south on a new adventure.

The gesture had Saki ‘completely stunned.’

“It was completely out of the blue and I was stunned for words at the time. It is such an honour and I have a deep sense of pride to say that I belong to this club.”

Saki moved to Waiuku in the early 1970s after securing a teaching position at Waiuku College.

“I had just moved to New Zealand from Fiji, and found that the South Island was too cold for me. The rest you can say is history, as this town has become my life.”

Upon arriving at Waiuku College, he quickly set to work recruiting members for cricket teams.

“The most memorable moment for me was when we had three boys teams and one girls team. That was quite an amazing feat. To coach the Counties U16 team was a great experience as well.”

Saki has had a number of positions within Waiuku District Cricket Club, including President of the Junior Club and was one the major influences in getting it back up and running and taking it to where it stands today.

Waiuku District Cricket Club’s Shane Robinson says that, over the years Saki has been a huge influence on the youth of the town.

“As a role model he has been outstanding. His love of the game, knowledge and the respect he generates within the club and the town is second to none. We are going to miss him more than he will know.”

Saki says he is going to miss the club, the township and his friends, and promises not to be a stranger.

 “I have never regretted packing up and moving to Waiuku. I have had amazing work colleagues, and the people here are great. It was a tough decision, but this is my third attempt at retiring, so it is time to go,”
he laughs.

Saki and his wife, Lynda, moved to Rolleston last week.

 

Saki Saunokonoko was presented with a life membership by Shane Robinson of the Waiuku District Cricket Club recently.