2016 Wellington Secondary School Regionals and Iwi of Origin Reviews

 Tokoroa - Iwi of Origin Champions 2016

Tokoroa - Iwi of Origin Champions 2016

Held on Sunday 9th October was the annual Auckland based Iwi of Origin.  The event sees different Iwi based in and out of Auckland compete in sports such as Touch, Tag, Netball, League and Ki o Rahi. 

This year the tournament was hosted for the first time in the Southside of Auckland and with the addition of rugby league to the schedule the event saw huge numbers head down to Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura.

The Ki o Rahi trophy was handed to a group of youngsters from Tokoroa who had come up for the day to tautoko the kaupapa and continue to develop their talents.  They went through unbeaten on the day, winning the final against Papatuanuku Marae by a margin of only 1 point. 

 2016 Wellington Secondary School Ki o Rahi Regionals

2016 Wellington Secondary School Ki o Rahi Regionals

 Wellington hosted their 2016 Secondary School Regionals back on the 16th September. 

Aotea College were the hosts with 28 teams from 21 different schools taking part on the day.  Nathan Waitai from Rangatahi Tu Rangatira says "There was a great display of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga on the day but the highlight of the competition was the leadership of the 7 rangatahi kaiwawao (referees)"

The top 4 teams from the mixed competition were:

1. Mana Kareti     2. Taita College     3. Aotea College     4. St. Pats/St. Caths

These 4 teams will go through to represent Wellington at the 2017 Ki O Rahi Nationals held in Auckland in April.


2016 Northland Secondary School Regionals Review

 Solid Jump Shot action from Te Taitokerau

Solid Jump Shot action from Te Taitokerau

The 2016 Northland Secondary School Ki o Rahi Regionals were held in Kaikohe. 

It all went down at Lindvart Park on Friday 16th September.

9 teams attended this year and Kaiwhakahaere Leela Hauraki from Sport Northland said "The key messages for the day were to play positively and have a positive wairua on and off the field.  The heart of the kaupapa is always whanaungatanga and we wanted our kids to have fun and enjoy being around one another."

 Whanaungatana at its finest

Whanaungatana at its finest

The top 3 placings from the tournament were:

1st - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe

2nd - Bay of Islands College

3rd - Okaihau College

Leela added "The kaiako and coach of the winning team (TKKM o Kaikohe) Tumanako Pawa has an awesome relationship with his students and continuously connects with and creates opportunities for his students to participate and gain experience in both Ki o Rahi and Atuatanga Kaupapa.  They will again be attending the National competition, qualifying the past 3 years now."

Check out coverage of the Northland Regionals by Maori Television below:


2016 Ki o Rahi Koroneihana Review

 2016 Ki o Rahi Champions - Papatuanuku Marae

2016 Ki o Rahi Champions - Papatuanuku Marae

The 2016 Koroneihana saw 8 teams from around the country come together to battle it out in the Ki o Rahi Tournament held on Saturday 20th August at Patterson Park in Ngaruawahia.

We caught up with the coaches of the two Papatuanuku Marae teams that entered on the day to get their thoughts.  Poutoa Papali'i from Mangere, Auckland said that the competition was a big step up compared with the competition in 2015.  "There were heaps more teams this year, it was really well managed and the referees were of real high quality.  The games drew quite large crowds so it was real cool for the sport.  All in all it was a mean comp and Tainui are definitely doing a real good job of holding it down for the sport of Ki o Rahi."

The final game saw Papatuanuku Marae play Waikato Marae with Papatuanuku coming out winners in a close game.  Takoha Ropati, from Mangere in Auckland and the coach of the winning team gave his thoughts on the day.  "It was a quality day of Ki o Rahi, our team lost two games during the pool play before making the final which shows how good teams were.  We had a few trainings leading up to the tournament but we still had a bit of learning to do on the day.  We trialled a few different combinations in order to find out who worked best together.  The majority of our players had a good understanding of the game but we still had a few who were playing for the first time, all of our players came from a touch or tag background so they had the skills for the sport and just had to transition these over to Ki o Rahi."

Poutoa and Takoha now turn to the Auckland Secondary School Regionals where they will coach teams to help qualify for the 2017 Secondary School Nationals held in Auckland.  They're also both looking forward to Iwi of Origin held in Auckland in October.


Nga Taonga Takaro 2 Workshops with Harko Brown

PENZ and Harko Brown are running workshops alongside the release of his new book - Nga Taonga Takaro 2.

Nga Taonga Takaro II - The Matrix workshop, is an enthralling professional learning journey into the whakapapa and contemporary use of traditional Maori games and activities. Come and experience the insights of the physical, spiritual, environmental and musical aspects of traditional Maori games and their fit with the Health and Physical Education curriculum in primary and secondary settings. Harko Brown will share a range of practical applications that you can pick up and use in the classroom, gymnasium, playgrounds, marae, sports fields or back yard. Come and enjoy the fun and learning with Harko.

Dates for the workshops are below:


Auckland - 15th August

Hamilton - 16th August

Rotorua - 17th August

Palmerston North - 18th August

Wellington - 19th August


Nelson - 22nd August

Christchurch - 23rd August

Dunedin - 24th August

Invercargill - 25th August

Visit the PENZ website for more information and to register!

Tournament Updates

Matariki i te Po

On June the 11th at the Elsdon Hockey Turf in Porirua a celebration of Matariki through the game of Ki o Rahi went down.  Check out the Rangatahi Tu Rangatira for more info and photos.

Auckland Tertiary Ki o Rahi

On June 24th at the AMI Netball Centre in Panmure, Auckland the annual Tertiary Ki o Rahi tournament was held.  6 teams from Auckland, 1 from Northland and 1 from Waikato came together to celebrate Matariki through the beautiful game of Ki o Rahi.  The tournament was run by He Oranga Poutama and I believe the whanau representing the Waikato were crowned champions for 2016.

If you have a Ki o Rahi tournament or event please give us an email on