Rauawaawa Kaumātua Olympics celebrates a decade of keeping kaumātua active

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Olympics kicked off today at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton. In its 10th year, the event has grown over the years as more and more kaumātua groups attend to show their support. 

The call to all kaumātua resounded throughout the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton for the start of their Kamuātua Olympics.

Anitapa Manukau says, “We looked at establishing this event to try and provide physical activities for our people.”

Despite the grey hair, the stooped spines, and being hammered by the winds of time, the spirit of competition was evident.

“Some of our age group don't have the strength to walk, but today, they have the energy to participate in the activities," says Anitapa Manukau.

As well as the benefits of healthy exercise, there's nothing like these Kaumātua Olympics to bring the elderly together, and to forge new and lasting friendships.

“Well, it's about the physical fun and laughs,” says Tutawhiao Ormsby.

Victory is not the ultimate goal here, at the end all our kaumātua excelled, and Māori were the winners on the day.