Ki-o-rahi players endorse healthy lifestyle philosophy

REACHING OUT: A Linwood College player from Christchurch clears the ball from a Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou player during the Ki o Rahi (Maori rugby) Tournament at Gisborne earlier this month. Picture by Paul Rickard

EASE Up Tairawhiti did more than stand on the side lines during a national secondary schools Ki o Rahi (Maori rugby) Tournament when it was held in Gisborne.

The organisation, which promotes being smoke-free, alcohol-free, drug-free and abuse-free side lines, has been supporting sporting codes since 2010.

The aim is to support codes in providing a healthy sporting environment for rangatahi (youth) to continue to grow and develop.

The eight local schools who took part in the tournament were East Coast schools Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou and Tolaga Bay Area School, as well as Gisborne schools Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga, Lytton High School and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui.

The event revealed an impressive display of talent and skills from local rangatahi.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga finished third, Lytton High School was in fourth and Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane placed fifth, from a total of 23 schools nationwide.

Local rangatahi faced fiercely competitive rivals, but maintained composure and were fantastic ambassadors at role modelling the Ease Up messages.

“From Ease Up’s perspective this was a successful event due to the positive representation on and off the field from all the Tairawhiti rangatahi,” a spokesperson said.

Lytton High School’s Ruby Westrupp was awarded top female player of the tournament, and named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team.

Team mate Genesis Bartlett-Tamatea, Horouta Wananga’s Te Kotuku Tangohau-Brown and Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane’s Amalia Pasikala also made the side.

Kiana Ria from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui, Lytton High’s Maia Richard and Ahi Kaihe-Patuwai, Horouta Wananga’s Kaea Hills and Gabrielle Wainohu, Kaipo Olsen-Baker, Moses Christie and Tyrec Casey, all from Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane were selected for the New Zealand Maori 2018 side.

EASE Up Tairawhiti did more than stand on the side lines during a national secondary schools Ki o Rahi (Maori rugby) Tournament when it was held in Gisborne.

The organisation, which promotes being smoke-free, alcohol-free, drug-free and abuse-free side lines, has been supporting sporting codes since 2010.

The aim is to support codes in providing a healthy sporting environment for rangatahi (youth) to continue to grow and develop.

The eight local schools who took part in the tournament were East Coast schools Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou and Tolaga Bay Area School, as well as Gisborne schools Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga, Lytton High School and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui.

The event revealed an impressive display of talent and skills from local rangatahi.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga finished third, Lytton High School was in fourth and Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane placed fifth, from a total of 23 schools nationwide.

Local rangatahi faced fiercely competitive rivals, but maintained composure and were fantastic ambassadors at role modelling the Ease Up messages.

“From Ease Up’s perspective this was a successful event due to the positive representation on and off the field from all the Tairawhiti rangatahi,” a spokesperson said.

Lytton High School’s Ruby Westrupp was awarded top female player of the tournament, and named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team.

Team mate Genesis Bartlett-Tamatea, Horouta Wananga’s Te Kotuku Tangohau-Brown and Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane’s Amalia Pasikala also made the side.

Kiana Ria from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui, Lytton High’s Maia Richard and Ahi Kaihe-Patuwai, Horouta Wananga’s Kaea Hills and Gabrielle Wainohu, Kaipo Olsen-Baker, Moses Christie and Tyrec Casey, all from Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane were selected for the New Zealand Maori 2018 side.

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