The sports section of the ahurei was keenly contested in both the rugby and netball.
It was a tough battle in the rugby between the home side Ruatoki, and Ruatahuna. Despite Ruatahuna not giving up, Ruatoki won 25-10.
In the netball, defending champions Te Tira Hou could not retain their title this year. Te Hono a Te Kiore’s A and B squads both made the final, which ended with a draw, but that doesn't matter as Te Hono a Te Kiore are still winners.
Te Kaea reporter Taroi Black spoke to Tokai Nohotima and Reko Te Moana about the origins of the festival which began from a rugby match, played by descendants from Auckland and Wellington who met in Rotorua to compete.