I became involved with the NZ Rugby Foundation when my old mate and former Parliamentary colleague Graeme Thorne’s son damaged an artery in his neck in a rugby tackle in 2006.

The Foundation assists seriously injured players and works on injury prevention in the sport. About four players a year suffer serious injuries playing rugby and the Foundation helps with supporting catastrophically injured rugby players financially and emotionally through fund raising and other activities and working with the New Zealand Rugby Union to communicate the message of safety first.

It’s a very worthy cause and I managed to get them a few more thousand dollars yesterday at their luncheon by offering a weekend in Fiordland with me as a guide.