Norths Player Seti Tafua was left paralysed in June 2012 after suffering a spinal injury while playing his second-to-last game for Norths. The timing of Seti’s accident was further enhanced by the fact he was booked on a one way flight back to Aotearoa a few weeks afterward.
Seti has received fantastic support on both sides of the Tasman, as well as a fundraiser organised in Scotland by his friend Jason Woolcott.
Former Poneke team-mate and family friend Evan Belford has been a driving force behind efforts in New Zealand that have seen about $50,000 raised. Latest efforts include several Trade Me auctions for signed sporting jerseys as well as a date with Crowd Goes Wild reporter and former Canadian rugby player Meghan Mutrie.
Initial reports into Seti’s rehabilitation are positive with his Occupational Therapists in admiration of his determination. Its still a long journey ahead for Seti, but one he is determined to overcome.
The former Scots College pupil is a qualified junior accountant.