Fun in the sun
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