Ngati Porou Pa Wars are a hit

Damion Stapp (of Whareponga Marae) about to cross the finish line in a 100 metres sprint race at the Ngati Porou Inter Marae Pa Wars Sports Festival at Ruatoria on Wednesday. All pictures by Paul Rickard
Rangihikitia Ashford (Hinerupe) reaches for the ball as Tania Keelan-Wyllie (Kariaka) closes in during a netball game.
Ike Smith (Kariaka) has double trouble in the form of Mahue Dewes and Ngataiharuru Haworth (Hinerupe) in a basketball clash.
Ngarita Ehau-Taumaunu (Kariaka) has the edge on Truely Harding (Hinerupe).
Kraig Tuhaka (Waiparapara) tries to elude the hand of Tumanako Morice (Mangatuna) in a rippa rugby game.
Nikora Mathieson (Mangatuna) bursts through the pack.
Ariariterangi Tuhaka (Waiparapara) is not making it easy for the opposition.
Adrian Kopa (Matahi o te Tau) lets the darts fly.
Riria Bennett (Whareponga) steadies her eyeline.
Angel Wallace (Pikitanga) tries the cue behind the back shot in a game of pool.
Materoa Hooper (Pikitanga) lines up her shot.
Roly Smith (Waiparapara) is ready to roll.
Jessie Fowell (Kariaka) hits the line.
Fay Wanoa (Matahi o te Tau) contemplates her next move on the euchre table.
Hinewairere Sollit (Hiruharama) is not giving much away.
Erana Hovell (Hinerupe) and Kate McKenzie (Kariaka) duel it out.

THE 2018 Ngati Porou Inter Marae Sports Festival Pa Wars in Ruatoria was a big success this year with the area’s maraes competing across a huge variety of sports including touch, basketball, relay races and swimming.

There were 34 events over the day, starting with a fun walk, and more than 2000 took part in the annual competition, said event organiser Leeanne Morice.

“We had a count of 1500 at 8.30am and there’s always more who turn up a bit later.

“Most people started the day with the fun walk which one of my aunties said ‘wasn’t a lot of fun!’”

The overall winner was Hinemaurea ki Wharekahika Marae, of Hicks Bay. Hinemaurea ki Mangatuna were second and Hinerupe third.

Pa Wars was designed to strengthen the whanaungatanga (kinship) of Ngati Porou and create a fun, relaxed and safe environment for whanau to play together, Leeanne Morice said.

Another aim is to promote healthy lifestyle practices and raise funds for the marae, while capitalising on friendly inter-marae rivalry, she said.

“Tinatoka marae won the touch, Kariaka the basketball and Hiruharama claimed the title of ‘fastest marae on the Coast’ in taking out three of the four relays.

“Hinemaurea ki Mangatuna was the quickest in the water, winning both swimming events.

“Paerauta won the ki o rahi (traditional pre-European Maori game), but our overall winners had the last say as the strongest marae on the day, winning the tug of war.

“It was a great day with something for all ages.”

Despite the huge amount of work that goes into organising the sports event, she is looking forward to doing it all again next year.

The emphasis was on participation, not competition she said, and they provided incentives to boost the inter-generational interest and participation.

She thanked all the volunteers and sponsors who made it possible.

THE 2018 Ngati Porou Inter Marae Sports Festival Pa Wars in Ruatoria was a big success this year with the area’s maraes competing across a huge variety of sports including touch, basketball, relay races and swimming.

There were 34 events over the day, starting with a fun walk, and more than 2000 took part in the annual competition, said event organiser Leeanne Morice.

“We had a count of 1500 at 8.30am and there’s always more who turn up a bit later.

“Most people started the day with the fun walk which one of my aunties said ‘wasn’t a lot of fun!’”

The overall winner was Hinemaurea ki Wharekahika Marae, of Hicks Bay. Hinemaurea ki Mangatuna were second and Hinerupe third.

Pa Wars was designed to strengthen the whanaungatanga (kinship) of Ngati Porou and create a fun, relaxed and safe environment for whanau to play together, Leeanne Morice said.

Another aim is to promote healthy lifestyle practices and raise funds for the marae, while capitalising on friendly inter-marae rivalry, she said.

“Tinatoka marae won the touch, Kariaka the basketball and Hiruharama claimed the title of ‘fastest marae on the Coast’ in taking out three of the four relays.

“Hinemaurea ki Mangatuna was the quickest in the water, winning both swimming events.

“Paerauta won the ki o rahi (traditional pre-European Maori game), but our overall winners had the last say as the strongest marae on the day, winning the tug of war.

“It was a great day with something for all ages.”

Despite the huge amount of work that goes into organising the sports event, she is looking forward to doing it all again next year.

The emphasis was on participation, not competition she said, and they provided incentives to boost the inter-generational interest and participation.

She thanked all the volunteers and sponsors who made it possible.

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