Teams to look out for - 2019 NZ Secondary School Ki o Rahi Nationals part 6
This year we look at the Top 8 teams from 2018’s New Zealand Secondary School Kī o Rahi Nationals.
This week we look at:
TE KURA KAUPAPA MAORI O HOROUTA WANANGA
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Horouta Wānanga is a small Kura located in Gisborne. There are over 150 students at Horouta Wānanga, with students ranging from Years 1 - 13. The Education Review Office reports that “Students confidently achieve and exemplify the hopes and aspirations of their people. They conduct themselves with respect and humility.”
Horouta Wānanga haven’t been attending Kī o Rahi Nationals for too long, but they managed to force there way into the Top 4 last year! This tells me they’ve got some talented and passionate coaching on board which is so important for schools to have!
In 2018, Horouta Wānanga started Day 1 in Pool D alongside Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Waiu o Ngāti Porou, Mana College, Palmerston North Boys and Girls, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Taumarere and Linwood College.
Horouta Wānanga went through with wins against Te Waiu 30 - 17, Mana 28 - 19, Palmy Boys & Girls 27 - 22 and Taumarere 29 - 9. They did lose won to newcomers Linwood College 17 - 30. The scores really show that Horouta Wānanga had a strong attacking team, the loss against Linwood should not be seen as too much of a shock as when we watched Linwood they had some real good speed and unpredictability.
With a greater points for and against Horouta Wānanga topped Pool D on Day 1 meaning that they would go on to play 2nd place from Pool A Rotorua Boys & Girls.
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Horouta Wānanga defeated Rotorua Boys and Girls putting Horouta Wānanga into the Top 4 Teams in Aotearoa for the first time. Beating Rotorua meant Horouta Wānanga would have to play 2017’s champions Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae in their semi-final.
Horouta Wānanga came out strong however Ngā Tapuwae were pretty impressive in this game and Ngā Tapuwae moved on to the finals with Horouta Wānanga having to battle Lytton for 3rd and 4th .
As we mentioned last week Horouta Wānanga took things to Lytton and won in a very tight game meaning they placed 3rd for 2018. This was their highest ever finish and a really strong showing for a small school with a big heart!
Hopefully Horouta Wānanga have maintained most of their senior students and they will be making another appearance in Hastings! The Tairawhiti Regionals is happening next month so make sure to keep track of their results.
For more awesome photos from Kī o Rahi Nationals 2018 like this one above head along to the Tairāwhiti Kī o Rahi Facebook page HERE.