Apr 13, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views


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Waikato-Tainui will host its fifth biennial tribal games early next year and with the success and popularity of the event over the last decade, organisers are expecting around 20,000 tribal members to attend.

  • 21 – 22 January 2012, Manu Bay, Raglan
  • 5 February 2012, Tuurangawaewae Marae & Paterson Park, Ngaaruawaahia
  • 17 – 19 February 2012, Hopuhopu Sports and Tribal Complex

With the introduction in recent years of surfing, waka ama and the pre-European Maaori ball sport ki-o-rahi, the Games now fall over three weekends and are made possible through the voluntary assistance of around 200 tribal members, and financial support from a range of sponsors and community organisations.

The main games traditionally take place at the same time in February and that weekend is considered to be the biggest and by far most popular event hosted by the tribe.

Games committee Chair and Te Arataura board member Sonny Wilson says this is a time for Waikato-Tainui to come together to celebrate unity, identity, tribal pride and participation. He says it is also a time to focus on the tribes rangatahi and kaumaatua.

Sports, music, whaanau, Maaori kai and fashion, tribal pride, health and wellness, Maaori entertainment, our connections with one another, our heritage and lots and lots of fun – these are all things that encourage our tamariki to aspire to their utmost heights, and provide our kaumaatua with a platform to support, share and participate with their mokopuna and extended whaanau, said Mr Wilson.

Whilst there is an element of competitiveness in that we award points and vie for trophies particularly in sports like basketball, netball, power pulling, table tennis, volleyball and touch, we are finding many look forward to playing with their mokopuna in less physical activities – so inclusive games are a priority for this event with points for participation.

Mr Wilson says there are a number of changes to the site plan at Hopuhopu including the relocation of the main stage and arena, a lot more kai and festival type stalls, and some activities have been moved to best centralise operations and cater for the masses. To better promote fair play, organisers have changed the points system to encourage teams to adhere to age category rules with an emphasis on whakawhanaungatanga and kotahitanga!

The stage will be managed by the tribes station Radio Tainui to promote their daily shows, introduce their hosts, and showcase local and national Maaori music and talents. In the main arena well also have an expo of the Waikato-Tainui Whaanau Ora Koiora Collective designed to raise awareness of the tribes service providers. We expect this tent will be a popular addition to the programme.

We are looking forward to three fantastic weekends and I encourage our tribal members to contact their Marae and register!

To participate in the smoke free, drug free, alcohol free and gang free 2012 Waikato-Tainui Games, register via your Waikato-Tainui Marae.

For a copy of the programme and more, go to: www.tainui.co.nz

Enquires: Janet Falwasser, Games Coordinator
Email: [email protected]. Mob: 027 5110 776.


5 thoughts on “Waikato-Tainui Games 2012 UNITY, TRIBAL PRIDE AND PARTICIPATION

  1. Kia Ora Janet,

    Jude here could you please send me out a programme for the days event. 20 Templeton Place Manurewa

    Thank You
    Judy Semenoff

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