Manawatu was a launching pad for Hadleigh Parkes as he quickly moved up the professional rugby ladder. The powerful centre played for the Turbos in 2010 and went on to play for 3 different Super teams. His opening season with the Kings in 2013 was hindered due to a broken arm in his second game. In 2014, Parkes went to play over in Europe for Welsh side; Scarlets. He made his international debut for Wales in 2017.
- Position: Centre
- Number of Manawatu Games: 13
- High School Club: Palmerston North Boys High School
- Manawatu Club: High School Old Boys
- Nationality: New Zealand
- Date of Birth: 05 October 1987