Pari Pari Parkinson
PARI PARI PARKINSON joined the Tasman union's wider training group in 2016, having previously represented the New Zealand Barbarians Schools side.
He made two appearances for Tasman in the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup and was recalled into the squad for 2017. Parkinson’s hard-working attitude earned him an Investec Super Rugby contract with the Highlanders for the 2018 season, debuting against the Crusaders towards the end of the season. He earned himself a spot on the Māori All Blacks Tour to America and South America, starting in the number 5 jersey for his debut against USA, before making two more starts against Brazil and Chile.
The deceptively strong, tall lock was educated at Saint Kentigern’s College, before being brought to Nelson to join the Crusaders Academy and play for club team Stoke. He had an earliest taste of Super Rugby when he played four minutes for the Crusaders' top side in a practice match against the Highlanders in Oamaru in 2016.
The Parkinson name is a familiar one inside the Māori All Blacks whanau – Pari Pari’s uncle, Matua Parkinson, was also a Māori All Black loose forward, who played for North Harbour and Bay of Plenty.