2016 Wellington Secondary School Regionals and Iwi of Origin Reviews
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.
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.