Brian Kaltack and Soromon Enjoying Wairarapa United

Brian Kaltack has been seen playing alongside Vanuatu international Seule Soromon again this season’s NZ Chatham Cup with the Wairarapa United of the Central region of New Zealand, having beaten a Petone FC’s side by 7-1 last week.

Brian has been hoping around Oceania for sometime, having spent some defending Hekari United in Papua New Guniea, Solomon Warriors from Solomon Islands, Wairarapa United back in 2013 during the Chatham’s cup and he’s not new in New Zealand where he has been training with A-League campaigners Wellington Phoenix from 2011 to 2012.

Seuele Soromon is not new in New Zealand either as he has been living in New Zealand for the past 11 years on sports work visa and now his status has elevated can be termed as a football migrant of the Pacific with others in the community of Wairarapa.

HIL REID/The Dominion Post INTO EXTRA TIME: The five Wairarapa United players, from top left, Sakeo Valevou, Miroslav Tvaroh, Waisake Sabutu, Pita Rabo and Seule Soromon, who have been in New Zealand for up to six years, have been given leave to stay only until the end of October. With them are partners Salote Rabo and Nia Valevou and kids, from left, Asivorosi Rabo, 5, Keni Valevou, 8, Vaseva Rabo, 7, Tevita Valevou, 12, and Epeli Valevou, 9.

In 2010, five international footballers fought immigration authorities to stay in New Zealand since the players have lived, worked and raised children in Wairarapa on sports work visas for between three and six years as imports for the region’s leading football team, Wairarapa United.

Today Wairarapa United sits the top of the ranking in the Central region for the Chatham cup.

The Chatham Cup, currently known as the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup for sponsorship purposes, is New Zealand’s premier knockout tournament in men’s association football. It is held annually, with the final contested in September. The current champions of the Chatham Cup are Birkenhead United AFC, who defeated Waitakere City FC (3-2 after extra time) in the 2016 final.

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