Dec. 11, 2019, 4:31 p.m.
Te Wiki Hākinakina, one of the main sporting events on the Māori school calendar, is underway in Te Hiku bringing over 1500 students, teachers and whānau to the Far North for the week.
Known as the “Olympics” for kura kaupapa Māori, the annual Te Wiki Hā event brings together Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Motu to compete in traditional sports, such as waka ama. As well as engaging with local pūrakau, such as the relay race down Te Oneroa-ā-Tōhē that acknowledged the story of Te Houtaewa.
The 4-day event has been spread across the tribal regions of the five iwi of Muriwhenua and today it was Ngāti Kahu who welcomed the visitors to Taipā for a day of ki-o-rahi.
MC for the event and Ngāti Kahu spokesman, Te Ikanui Kingi-Waiaua said Taipā Area School has a history of doing well in ki-o-rahi and have championed the sport for some time and it was nice to bring people from near and far to enjoy the area.
“This event [Te Wiki Hākinakina] brings together our people from the south all the way up. The concept of this was special and allowed us to take into account all the five iwi of Muriwhenua. The activities have been designed to acknowledge each of these iwi and our kids are having a great time,” said Te Ikanui.
The activities played throughout the event are not just about the gaming aspect, but they also provide insights into traditional Māori stories and general life, something Te Ikanui was happy to see.
“He pū kōrero kei roto i enei o nga mahi, he tikanga māori. Ehara i te mea he tākaro noa iho ano. E ahu mai ana mai i nga tikanga whakaaro mai i ngā mātua tūpuna.”