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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.

Teams heading to Nationals: Whanganui Region - Te Kura o Kokohuia

 

We are 13 days until the 2018 NZ Secondary Schools Ki o Rahi National Tournament and we've been fortunate enough to receive team profiles from some of our teams heading to Nationals from the Whanganui Region. 

Here is our second profile from Te Kura o Kokohuia who finished 3rd at the Whanganui Secondary Schools Regional Tournament - Thank you toTe Kura o Kokohuia and Whanganui Ki o Rahi for the profiles and especially to Dhinisti Patea.  Nga mihi nui ki a koutou!

Te Kura o Kokohuia - Whanganui

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Te Kura o Kokohuia has been playing Ki O Rahi just over 4 years now.
We are only a small kura, but this year we were fortunate enough to field two
teams at regionals with a total of 26 students.


This year will be the first time Te Kura o Kokohuia will attend Ki O Rahi
Secondary Schools Nationals.

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I think the reason why our kids love this tākaro Māori so much is for the fact that
it is a Māori sport.  It is also not your stereotypical sport where you have to be
fittest, fastest, and strongest but more strategic.  It is definitely a game for
everyone.


We were luckily enough to secure a whānau member of the kura, who also
participates in Ki O Rahi in our region. Wiremu Wakefield is head coach and all
kaiako help out where they can to make his job easier.

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We have had students participate at Nationals but not for Te Kura o Kokohuia
Because this will be a first time for Te Kura o Kokohuia participating in a
Nationals as well as having a very young team, we only hope that our rangatahi
give it their best and play with heart.


We are definitely looking forward to the exposure our rangatahi will get to this
hākinakina, especially at a National level. From there, we only know that the
aroha for this kēmū Māori will grow within the Kura!

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Teams heading to Nationals: Whanganui Region - Cullinane College

We are 18 days until the 2018 NZ Secondary Schools Ki o Rahi National Tournament and we've been fortunate enough to receive team profiles from some of our teams heading to Nationals from the Whanganui Region. 

Here is our first profile from Cullinane College who finished 1st at the Whanganui Secondary Schools Regional Tournament - Thank you to Cullinane College and Whanganui Ki o Rahi for the profiles and especially to Dhinisti Patea.  Nga mihi nui ki a koutou!

 Cullinane College 2018 Whanganui Ki o Rahi Regionals

Cullinane College 2018 Whanganui Ki o Rahi Regionals

Cullinane College has enjoyed learning and developing our understanding of Ki o
Rahi. Like all other sports there is a lot of interest by our students for the game.
We have been playing Ki o Rahi at our kura for only five years and each year the
level of enthusiasm among students is growing. In particular the numbers this
year have been the largest with over 30 students registering for the regional
competition.

 Cullinane College Jump Shot

Cullinane College Jump Shot

Since 2014 we have participated in the Whanganui regional competition and
have been fortunate to qualify for the nationals each year. This year will be our
third time attending the national competition.

 Cullinane College Jump Shot

Cullinane College Jump Shot

Our rangatahi are interested in many sports, however I think that Ki-o-Rahi is
becoming quite popular with our Maori rangatahi because this is a traditional
sport that our ancestors played. It is also very similar to other sports our
rangatahi excel at with similar skill sets such as touch, rugby and softball and is
actually good for all of our rangatahi to be involved in despite the ability of each
player.


This year Cullinane has been fortunate to have the support of two of our local
Ki-o-Rahi exponents Justin Gush and Steven Aue. They offer their coaching and
knowledge of the game and are helping out our team in preparation for the
national competition. We are very grateful and appreciative of their support.
Nonoke styled Ki o Rahi is played in Whanganui and there has been previous
Cullinane students who have gone on to play for our Whanganui team a couple
of years ago.


Our Cullinane team goal for this year is to represent our kura and rohe with pride
at the Nationals and building a pathway for more people from our area to get
involved. We are all looking forward to this year’s competition to gain more
knowledge and enjoy the manaakitanga of Te Tairawhiti!