Games aim to in­spire ac­tiv­ity

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust has launched a sports ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age peo­ple to be more ac­tive.

Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust health pro­moter KC Maaka said the ob­jec­tive of the ini­tia­tive was to in­crease phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for in­ac­tive chil­dren and help peo­ple over­come bar­ri­ers im­ped­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion.

‘‘By sup­port­ing chil­dren and oth­ers in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, we hope to in­crease their par­tic­i­pa­tion and long term en­gage­ment in reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity.’’

The name of this ini­tia­tive is Ran­gatahi Tu Ran­gatira- Nga Taonga Takaro Tra­di­tional Games).

Ms Maaka said there were 10 to 15 games in to­tal which

(Maori would be taught each week.

Some of the schools in­volved with the ini­tia­tive in­cluded Toko­roa High School, For­est View High School, Te Kura Kau­papa Maori O Te Hiringa, Pu­taruru High School, Te Wharekura O Te Kaokaoroa O Patetere, Cam­bridge High School and Mata­mata High School.

‘‘In the New Year, we will be of­fer­ing this to the pri­mary schools in the Toko­roa, Pu­taruru, Lich­field and Ti­rau ar­eas.’’

TAR­GET: Stu­dents and adults from around the South Waikato par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of tra­di­tional Maori sports and games, in­clud­ing Ki-o-Rahi, as part of a sports ini­tia­tive to pro­mote healthy and ac­tive life­styles.

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