Fun in the sun

02:13, Dec 04 2012
Ki O Rahi tournament
From left: Tepai Tairaki, 12, Hoani Tara, 13, and Tuakana Coleman, 12, of Te Wharekura o Arowhenua school in Invercargill, relax between games at the Ki O Rahi tournament.

Hundreds of Southland schoolchildren welcomed in the summer sun with a Ki O Rahi tournament at Waikiwi Rugby Club grounds today.

The sport, a traditional Maori game based around a legend about a taniwha, combines the basic skills of touch, rugby, football and netball.

About 30 teams from primary and secondary schools around Southland competed in the tournament, which is the largest Ki O Rahi event outside of Auckland.

Menzies College competitor Kelsi McLellan, 13, had only been playing the game for a few months, and said it was similar to touch or handball.

''It seems complicated but it's not really when you play it.''


The Southland Times