'Turbo' still loves Taniwha

By Mike Dinsdale

Security has been beefed up around Northland rugby's Taniwha mascot after the man inside the suit threatened to quit after having property stolen and being attacked after a game.

On September 7, the man in the green monster suit, Brendon "Turbo" Gower, announced on Facebook that he had resigned after he had been tackled by two "idiots" on the field after the game against Manawatu and then found items had been taken from his changing room. But Gower donned the suit on Sunday in the win against North Harbour and yesterday confirmed he'd be fulfilling his Taniwha duties for as long as he was wanted.

Gower said his issue was never with the Northland Rugby Union (NRU), but those who attacked him and stole his gear.

"This [his frustration] had nothing to do with the NRU. The Taniwha is going to be here supporting the team forever. I'll always be behind the team ... but I still want my wallet back," he said.

NRU chief executive Jeremy Parkinson said security had been increased to ensure the Taniwha's safety and he had been reimbursed for his losses.

Tane the Taniwha will be on the sideline tomorrow when Northland take on Tasman in the ITM cup game at Lansdowne Park, Blenheim, at 2.35pm.<inline type="recurring-inline" id="2476" align="normal" enforce-sites="no" />

- Northern Advocate

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