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Traditional Ki O Rahi Field opened at Mairehau High School

Wednesday, May 03, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: physical activity, children, maori, recreation

Article from the upcoming Health Promoting Schools Magazine: Term 2 2017.

Mairehau KiORahiWritten by Kyla Dench (TIC Health Ed) and Jackson Smith (year 13 student) of the Hauora Council

Back in 2015 the Hauora Council (student health and wellbeing committee) decided to embark on a field rejuvenation project to increase our community wellbeing, belonging, cohesion, and school pride. At the heart of our rejuvenation project is the establishment of a traditional, living Ki O Rahi field, which is a first for the whole of the South Island!

Ki O Rahi is a traditional Māori game played with a small round ball called a ki. For the creation of this field native grasses and a rock were sourced from the Canterbury Plains, as this is the land of Ngāi Tahu. A school and community working bee was organised to plant the grasses, and the team had their mathematic skill tested with the concentric circles and plant placement - but it was worth it - the field looks amazing!

The field was officially opened by the principal, Mr Romana, and Whaea Dayna Napa on 7th April 2017. After the official ceremony, the last grass was symbolically planted into the ground, and the first official game of Ki O Rahi was played with the Year 13 PE class taking on the TOA Sport team, from Ara Institute of Canterbury.

We are now looking to make some stone Pou that represent our Waka to replace the temporary poles in the field. The next steps of the total field rejuvenation project is the planning of fitness stations. Big shout out to the Hauora Council who did tremendous work to make this happen.


The Health Promoting Schools facilitators at Community and Public Health work to support initiatives such as this, with schools across Canterbury.

Find out more about Health Promoting Schools at Community and Public Health.

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