This week Benji Marshall was given the New Zealand Order of Merit medal for services to rugby league and he spoke about starting with a dream as a young Māori boy from Whakatāne.
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'Young Māori boy from Whakatāne' recognised for services to rugby league
He's one of Aotearoa's greatest rugby league stars but he remains humble.
Benji Marshall to move into the Wests Tigers coaches box
Kiwi rugby league legend Benji Marshall has confirmed he will be involved in the future of his beloved Wests Tigers club.
Benji Marshall wins Celebrity Apprentice Australia
From the small town of Whakatāne, to the NRL, to playing international test rugby for New Zealand, to becoming a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Benji Marshall honoured for 18 years in rugby league
"Hopefully me doing what I did inspires others, especially young Kiwi kids."
'From our little whānau to yours, Happy New Year'- Adam Blair and Benji Marshall send well wishes
Photo / Getty Images Māori league legends Adam Blair (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) and Benji Marshall (Ngāi Tuhoe) have joined in wishing whānau a happy new year.
Legendary league player Benji Marshall hangs up his boots
Benji Marshall, one of rugby league's greatest Māori players to ever step onto the field, has officially called time on his 18-year NRL career.
Blair picks 'fairytale ending' for Benji Marshall
But the two-time NRL grand finalist says he's also got a "soft spot" for the Penrith Panthers.
Benji Marshall: 'It doesn't get any better than that'
South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett says next weekend's NRL Grand Final will probably be Marshall's swan song, "But you can't retire at a better moment than that in your football career than in a grand final."
Marshall makes emotional return, while Māori rookies impress Maguire
Benji Marshall made an emotional and successful return to international rugby league last night, in the Kiwis 34-14 victory over Mate Ma'a Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.