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Introducing Kingston Taulapapa

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GROWING up in West Auckland, Kingston Taulapapa was playing league when, at the age of 13, he was shoulder-tapped to join a gridiron team and it's no wonder . . . he was well on the way to being the strapping 188-centimetres and 110-kilogram figure he is today.

These days he gets to use his strength as part of Quality Roading and Services' speciality concrete division.

Kingston moved with his family to the region in 2021. “We had wanted to come before but the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted us a couple of times,” says the 18-year-old.

“We really wanted a change from living in the city, so we eventually got to Mahia in October 2021.”

Kingston's mum, Antonia Hansen, is the reason for the family's choice of Mahia as a place to live . . . she is Rongomaiwahine and her mother and aunt run the township's Sunset Point Sports Bar.

However, it’s his dad, Jason, who drew him into his job at QRS.

“Dad has always worked in concreting and he had me working with him from a young age,” Kingston says.

When Kingston started at QRS he was well-versed in concreting techniques including boxing, mixing and pours. He works in QRS’s capital division and will often form part of the team working with concrete completing small and big jobs around the district.

18 November 2022

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Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. My strength is not mine alone, it is the strength of many.

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