This morning we had special guests from Sport Waikato who taught us how to play Ki-o-Rahi which is a traditional Maori game.
Cody wrote 'we went out in the morning and played Ki o Rahi. They told us how to play and we were off. The ball was going around like a speeding bullet. Change over and its still flying around. Reitu's team scored five and it was all over. Overall it was a fun game'. Codys top five tips for the game were 1. stay inside Te Roto until pass off 2. Run around trying to get the ball 3. get the other teams tags off 4. give to the shooters to score by striking the bin.
Chloe wrote 'when I got to the turf and looked out at the field there were cones and a bucket and I was wondering what game we were playing. Then they told us that it was called Ki-O-Rahi. I thought that it was a weird name for a game. They said that it is a Maori game with lots of instructions to the game. We played it, there were all of these words that I can't remember and you had to grab the tags out of the players waists if they had the ball in their hands. The top things to remember were 1. Only Taniwha can go into the water 2. the runners can't go into the water without the ball 3. you can leap to score 4. you have to have the ball to go in the water if you are not a taniwha.
Wattana wrote 'Ki-O-Rahi' was actually a new game to me and it was really fun and I hope to play it again. When I started to play I was playing against Taniwha, my team was on offense and the other team was defending. The offensive team had four main throwers to throw the ball at the bin. The attacking team has to get the ball and touch the post then run and score a try inside the red cone.
We found these videos (from Youtube) that exmplained how to play the game further. The first video was created by Sport Waitakere that explains how to play the game.
We also found this example of Ki-O-Rahi being played on horseback! Its been uploaded to Youtube By Sport Northland.