The 79th South Island Māori Netball Tournament (Pitama Cup) was held in Kaikōura on 24 September. It was a great day filled with fun, laughter, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

The marching, netball and kapa haka was of outstanding quality from all the rōpū that attended. Te Tai Taonga MP Rino Tirikatene said he had a wonderful time and the manaakitanga from the host club was amazing.

The host club, Kaikōura Te Ahikaaroa, won the tuakana (senior) netball, teina (intermediate) marching and our pēpi (junior) had a wonderful time.

Chairman Peter Clayton said the event went well because the whole club came together to ensure the smooth-running keeping to the values of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga.

We would like to thank our amazing sponsors because without their support we couldn’t have made it the wonderful event that it was:

  • Whale Watch Kaikōura
  • Kaikōura New World
  • Kaikōura High School
  • Kaikōura Bakery
  • Te Ahi Wairua.

Also special mention to the whole Kaikōura
Te Ahikaaroa rōpū “ka mau te wehi whānau”.

Alandra Pickstone and Maia Morgan-Harnett lead the team onto the court.

Tuakana netball winners.