Tawa tops in ki-o-rahi
Tawa College has won a regional kio-rahi tournament organised by College Sport Wellington.
Ki-o-rahi is the modern term for ancient Maori games played on a circular field with a large central target.
This was the second year the regional tournament has been organised at Taita College.
Tawa defeated the host school 22-16 in the final.
Thirteen schools took part, including Mana College, who made it to the semifinals before losing to Tawa.
Whaea Jojo organised the Tawa team last year when the first tournament was held.
This year’s team included year 12 students who played ki-o-rahi in PE class and others interested in the traditional sport.
PE teacher Monica Roberts worked alongside mentors in year 12 PE classes preparing the team for the tournament and teaching newcomers rules and strategies.
Tawa’s Raysharn Edmonds-Lama – recently selected for the New Zealand under-18 flag team – was named MVP of the tournament.
Peni Van Den Elzen won the sportsmanship award and was the ‘‘eyes’’ of the team at the centre of the field directing defence. Te Rina Higgens was tremendous in her efforts to retain possession of the ki and was named in the tournament team.
Sweet victory: Tawa College’s ki-o-rahi team outplayed 12 other schools
in the traditional Maori sport at a tournament at Taita College