St Kevin’s College will be sending two teams to the Ki O Rahi Aoraki Year 9/10 tournament at Caroline Bay in Timaru on December 2, while Waitaki Girls’ High School has yet to confirm its participation following coaching sessions in September.
Aoraki Secondary School sport director Shaun Campbell and former Black Sox pitcher Greg Newton visited Waitaki Girls’ High School and St Kevin’s College to introduce the students to Ki O Rahi over two training sessions in September.
Ki O Rahi is a ball sport played with a small round ball called a ‘ki’.
The game is widely known in Māori communities and in scattered mainstream locations throughout New Zealand. It is a fast-paced sport incorporating skills similar to Australian Rules, rugby union, netball and touch.
Two teams of seven players play on a circular field divided into zones and score points by touching the ‘pou’ (boundary markers) and hitting a central ‘tupu’ or target. The game is played with varying rules depending on the geographic area it is played in.
St Kevin’s College sports coordinator Sandra Kitto said the students thoroughly enjoyed the game when introduced to it and are looking forward to the event.
“We invited Shaun Campbell and Greg Newton to come down and teach our Year 9 and 10 students the game of Ki O Rahi,” she said.
” It was met with such enthusiasm that the students wanted to enter teams in this tournament. As this is the first time we have attended this tournament we are unsure what to expect but I am sure it will be a fun day out for all involved.”
A process called Tatu, before the game, determines which rules the two teams will use.
Campbell said he expects the students to enjoy the Ki O Rahi competition.
“It’s another option for kids,” he said.
“It combines the skills from netball, touch and other sports. I’m sure they’ll all really enjoy it.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: Waitaki Girl’s High School have yet to confirm a team for the Ki O Rahi competition but students familiarised themselves with the sport in September. Pictured is Melissa King, Izzy Hurst, Xiaoyu Chen, Greg Newton and Shaun Campbell.