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Ki-o-Rahi Poneke Festival

Ki-o-Rahi Poneke Festival

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When:

  • Sat 1 Oct ’11, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Where:

Wakefield Park, Adelaide Rd, Berhampore, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Wellington City hosts the first ever regional Ki-o-Rahi Festival at Wakefield Park in Island Bay.

Ki-o-Rahi is a skillful, traditional Maori game, steeped in myth and legend. There will be social ‘rippa rugby’ style games and full contact ‘test’ matches played on a state of the art artificial turf, as well as food and cultural activities.

Ki-o-Rahi was taken to France and Italy by the Māori Battalion in World War Two, and is still played in those countries today. It is undergoing a resurgence in Aotearoa, led by the organisations like Ki-o-Rahi Poneke, who promote the kaupapa and rules of this unique New Zealand taonga.

Ki-o-Rahi has skills which are transferable to rugby, netball and handball, with players having to score points by touching a ball onto outlying ‘pou’ and then returning it in hand, rugby style, over a central try line. Each area in the circular arena relates to a part of the myth of Ki-o-Rahi. It can be played full contact, touch or 'rippa' flag style.

The Ki-o-Rahi Poneke Festival will have a ‘rippa’ social grade as well as full contact test matches between some of the best exponents of Ki-o-Rahi in New Zealand.

It will also include skill demonstrations, food, fun and culture. It promises to be a great day out in Island Bay.

Turn up on the day to watch, or join in the fun and pre-register your team for the social tournament.

Go to the websites for more event info and information about how to play Ki-o-Rahi.

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