February 13, 2024
Kī O Rahi busts out of schoolyard
The Kī o Rahi Aotearoa national tournament was held in Tūrangi over the weekend as promoters of the tradtional Māori sport try to take ut out of the school playground.
Matauranga Te Rauna says about 38 schools entered teams in last year’s secondary school nationals, and he expects a similar number this year, but he could see no no pathway for adults or for rangatahi not in kura.
The new tournament tried to change that, with 17 teams taking part, including eight in the open class.
He says there were some thrilling moments.
“Just the talent, the charisma, the passion, the speed, the skill. So it’s got a bit of handball, it’s got some dynamics from touch rugby, from netball, from tag and all of those combined and we can play it in a game, takaro called ki o rahi,” Mr Te Rauna says.
The next tournament will be hosted by Whanganui a Tara.
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