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2018 Year 7 & 8 Matariki Ki o Rahi Tournament - Auckland

On Thursday 28th June the annual Year 7 & 8 Matariki Ki o Rahi tournament will take place at the AMI Netball Centre, Panmure, Auckland. 

Dubbed MatariKi o Rahi the tournament will be held for it's 10th year in a row in 2018.  The longest running tournament in Auckland with the best representation, with constantly around 20 teams in attendance.

Come and check out the young stars of the game as they celebrate Matariki through the beautiful Maori treasure of Ki o Rahi!

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2018 NZSS Ki o Rahi National Champions: Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae

 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Ki o Rahi Champions - Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae

2018 New Zealand Secondary School Ki o Rahi Champions - Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae

For the second year in a row the New Zealand Secondary School Ki o Rahi Tournament came down to a battle between Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae and Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga, both teams showed up to play and the game went down to the final quarter! 

The game started with Nga Tapuwae on Taniwha and Rakaumanga as Ki oma.  The first quarter was dominated by the Nga Tapuwae shooters, seemingly scoring on the Rakaumanga Kaitiaki whenever they wanted.  

The second quarter saw Rakaumanga come out firing with their own Taniwha shooting, clawing points back, the shooters made the Nga Tapuwae Kaitiaki work and made them give away a number of wairua points.  The half time score was pretty much even again.  

The third quarter saw a better blocking performance from Rakaumanga as Nga Tapuwae scored only a few points with their shooters, however Nga Tapuwae did manage to hold out most attempts from the Rakaumanga Ki oma, although there were a couple of tries scored around the ara that had Nga Tapuwae wondering how they let those in.  Still anyone's game at three quarter time.  

The final quarter saw a vastly improved one from the Nga Tapuwae Kaitiaki, where they let in zero points from either shooters or from wairua.  Nga Tapuwae scored a try or two to get to 18 - 13 and win fairly comfortably. 

This puts Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae's name on the trophy for the second time in a row after winning the title for the first time in 2017, this means they are the third team to have won the competition twice since the tournament's inception in 2010. 

The other teams to have won the tournament twice are Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane or Gisborne Boys and Girls who achieved the feat in 2011 and 2012 as well as Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga who won the title twice in 2013 and 2014.  

The challenge now is to see if Nga Tapuwae can become the first team to the win the tournament three times in a row!  We will only know this in another year when the tournament heads down to Te Matau a Maui.

Day 1: NZ Secondary School Ki o Rahi Nationals 2018

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Day one at the NZ Secondary School National Ki o Rahi Tournament 2018 is done and dusted, we look at how they day went and what that means for Day 2 - Finals!

24 teams overall entered the tournament, after one withdrawing we were left with 23 teams split over 4 pools as follows:

POOL A - Nga Puna o Waiorea, Rotorua Boys and Girls, Tolaga Bay Area School (Uawa), Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae, Te Kuiti High School

Pool A finished with National Champions Nga Tapuwae on top winning 4 out of 4 games, they had some tight encounters including close games against Waiorea, Te Kuiti and Rotorua Boys and Girls before pulling away towards the end of the matches.  These tight encounters might serve them well come day 2 however they will need to score more points in order to have the same success as last year, of all the teams that placed 1st in their pool they scored the least number of points on Day 1. 

Rotorua Boys and Girls finished 2nd in Pool A and move in to the top 8 for the very first time after only their second appearance at Nationals.  Rotorua would have gained confidence in their game against Nga Tapuwae where they nearly upset the 2017 Champs.  Rotorua have some solid attack but can they defend points come Day 2, that will be the main area of focus if they wish to break into the top 4.  They're only one win away from that!

POOL B - Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga, Karamu High, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe, Hastings Boys & Hukarere Maori Girls, Te Kura o Kokohuia, Kuratai

Rakaumanga walked through this pool with dominance racking up over 200 points for and less than 50 points against, they move on to Day 2 unbeaten and will hope that not having been tested hard on Day 1 doesn't sting them. 

Hastings Boys and Hukarere Maori Girls finished 2nd in Pool B only losing one to Rakaumanga, they too put some big scores on teams although it is alarming that they had 46 points put on them by Rakaumanga and 41 points by Kuratai. 

POOL C - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tupoho, Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane, Cullinane College, Lytton High School, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui

Pool C saw Lytton High School coming out on top after an impressive Day 1, they look to be the goods in 2018 with a strong all around game including a good pressure defence, some nice jump shooting and some powerful running.  Lytton beat teams comfortably even upsetting old foes TWTT in their game. 

TWTT (Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane) also beat teams comfortably in their pool, they only lost the one game to Lytton and that was only a 13 - 10 loss.  Their was a sin binning of one of their players in that game and that may have cost them the W, this makes their very first game tomorrow a tough one, having to play winners of Pool B, Rakaumangamanga.   

POOL D - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou, Mana College, Palmerston Boys and Girls, Te Wharekura o Taumarere, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga, Linwood College

Pool D was the only pool with teams all being beaten at least once.  Horouta Wananga and Mana College both lost one, with Horouta beating Mana and Horouta losing to new comers Linwood College from Christchurch.  This meant that both teams finished on 8 points but the first place spot went to Horouta due to a better For and Against. 

What does this mean for Day 2?

Championship Quarter Finals

Nga Tapuwae v Mana College

Rakaumanga v TWTT

Lytton v Hastings Boys/Hukarere Girls

Horouta Wananga v Rotorua Boys/Girls

Plate Quarter Finals

Waiorea v Linwood

Karamu v Cullinane

Kawakawa mai Tawhiti v Kuratai

Te Waiu v UAWA

Bowl Quarter Finals

Te Kuiti v Taumarere

Kokohuia v Nga Uri a Maui

Tupoho v Kaikohe

Palmerston Boys/Girls v BYE

Good luck to all teams on Day 2!

 

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Interview: Whetu Rangihaeata

With the 2018 NZ Secondary Schools Ki o Rahi Nationals only one week away we know the excitement is building and the nerves are starting to kick in, we thought it would be a good idea to catch up with the event co-ordinator, Whetu Rangihaeata.

Whetu has been involved with New Zealand Secondary Schools Ki o Rahi since its inception in 2010.

We decided to pick his brain about the sport of Ki o Rahi.  Thank you so much Whetu for agreeing to do the interview, we understand you're extremely busy at this time getting things ready for Nationals.   Ngaa mihi e hoa!

"Maa mua ka kite a muri, maa muri ka ora a mua"

"Those who lead give sight to those who follow, those who follow give life to those who lead"

 Whetu Rangihaeata

Whetu Rangihaeata

Kia ora, no hea koe?  Ko wai koe? 

Koo Whetu Rangihaeata ahau.

Noo Taranaki, noo Ngati Porou ano hoki. 

He kaiako Māori ahau i Te Kura a Rohe o Uawa. Ngākaunuitia te kaupapa ngā taonga tākaro ki au nei. Ēngari rā ko te Ki o Rahi te tino kaupapa.  He nui nga painga pera ki hauora, kori tinana, mahi pūrakau, me te tuhono ki ngā momo kaupapa o te marautanga. He nui ake ngā painga ko te taiao anō hoki.

Inaahia koe i timata ai ki te Ki o Rahi?

Nā tētahi tāngata a Ihi Heke i whakatō te kākano ki roto i ahau āhua 2008 pea i te kura. I kite au te painga o tēnei hākinakina mo ngā kura paku pera i a mātou. He kaupapa pai ki aku tauiria na te mea he hākinakina tua atu i te whutupaoro netipaoro ano hoki. He kēmu mō nga tane me ngā wāhine ano hoki. Ahakoa he aha te hanga o te tauira. Ka mahi ka takaro ngātahi te tane me te wahine.

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E hia te roa?  He aha o tunga?

Ahua 10 years. He kaiako, he tāngata kai-whiriwhiri mo te tima NZ, he tāngata whakarite haerenga mo ngā tima, he tāngata whakarite whakataetae ano hoki.

I pehea te Ki o Rahi Kura Tuarua timata ai? 

I puta te whakaaro i waenganui i ngā kaiako o tera kura o tera kura kia whakaturia he whakataetae matua. Nā te ngakaunui o ngā kaiako ka puawai tēnei kaupapa. I kōrero ahau ki etahi o poku hoa ka mahia. Na matou o Uawa i pohiritia ngā manuhiri ko te tau 2010 me 2011. 

He aha o moemoeaa mo te whakataetae Ki o Rahi Kura Tuarua?

Kia eke ki tōna ake taumata. Kia haruru te whenua i nga haka, i nga patere, i nga waiata he aha noa atu. Kia puta ki te ao. Kia whakamanahia a tātou tuakiritanga ki te ao. Kia tu whakahihi kia tu maia. A tōna wā pea ka timata te whakataetae mo te taitama tane me te taitama wāhine, ke te un 15 pea. Ka kite tenei kaupapa i te NZ Area Schools ano hoki. Ko etahi tīma i puta NZ Sec Schools , NZ Maori, NZ Area Schools. 

He aha o moemoeaa mo te kemu o Ki o Rahi? 

Kia whakaurua ki roto i nga marautanga o te kura, kia whakaturia he kōmiti kaiako whakahaere, kia tuari ki te ao kia whai putea ano me kii (professionalism pea). Ma te Ki o Rahi ka puta etahi atu o nga taonga takaro pea.

Please introduce yourself:

Kia ora, my name is Whetu Rangihaeata.  I am from Ngati Porou and Taranaki.  I am a Maori teacher at Te Kura a Rohe o Uawa.  I am passionate about all Nga Taonga Takaro however my main passion is Ki o Rahi. 

How did you become involved in Ki o Rahi?

I was introduced to Ki o Rahi by a man named Ihi Heke in 2008.  I saw the benefits of the sport especially for small schools like us at Uawa.  My students love the sport because it’s another sport for them to engage in other than rugby and netball.  It is a game for both male and female to play together, not a gender specific sport. 

How long have you been involved with Ki o Rahi and in what roles?

I have been involved in Ki o Rahi for roughly 10 years as a coach, coach and selector for the NZ team, manager and an organiser for competitions.

 Whetu with his 2014 NZ Secondary Schools team

Whetu with his 2014 NZ Secondary Schools team

How did Secondary Schools Nationals get started?

The thought of a national competition came from a group of teachers from different schools all around the country.  It was from their shear passion for Ki o Rahi that this kaupapa was established.  I spoke to one of my friends to run this and it was in 2010 and 2011 that we (Uawa) welcomed our visitors for the competition.

What are your dreams and visions for the competition?

My dreams and visions for Ki o Rahi are for it to go to another level again.  To incorporate haka, paatere, and waiata into the game for the world to see, also to build self-efficacy within to showcase to the world.  In time to come maybe a competition for boys and one for girls, under 15s.  Ultimately we want to see Ki o Rahi teams come out of NZ Secondary Schools, NZ Maori, NZ Area Schools. 

What are your dreams and visions for the sport of Ki o Rahi?

My dreams and visions for the sport are to see it engrained within the NZ curriculum and to establish a committee that will facilitate Ki o Rahi as an established organisation. 

NZSS Regional Results from around the country

At kiorahi.com we're always wanting to know how teams are getting on around the country, if the same teams are doing well in their regions and if there are any new teams coming through. 

Over the past few weeks there have been a few regional tournaments that you may not have been aware of, here are some of the results:

Whanganui

1st - Cullinane College

2nd - Te Wharekura o Tupoho

3rd - Te Kura o Kokohuia

 

Turanga (Gisborne)

Thanks to the Gisborne Herald for the update on Turanga's regionals.

1st - Turanga Wahine, Turanga Tane

2nd - Ritana

3rd - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga

4th - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui

Waikato

1st - Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga

2nd - Hamilton Boys and Girls

3rd - Tokoroa High School

If you have any results or news that you would like to share that please get in touch with via our website or on Facebook.