Te Kapu Kirīkiti Wahine o Te Ao 2022

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Cricket with a view - NZ's most iconic stretch of lawn on the upper Treaty grounds was the perfect place to practice skills

NZ’s first recorded game of cricket was played at Paihia on Horotutu beach in 1832. An end-of-school treat for pupils of the Paihia mission school, it was a bi-cultural affair with missionary families and Tai Tokerau rangatira also taking part. It seems fitting that ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 Education Programme, CRIC-KIDS, was recently launched at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, near the site of the first game. Students from two Far North schools learnt cricket skills alongside three of our White Ferns.

Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro and Paihia School played cricket with team members of the White Ferns, the New Zealand women’s national cricket team, with captain Sophie Devine and team mates Suzie Bates and Lea Tahuhu among the activators putting students through their paces.

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Captain Sophie Devine and team mates Suzie Bates and Lea Tahuhu inspire students with stories of how they became White Ferns

A pōwhiri at Waitangi Treaty Grounds welcomed organisers of the 2022 Women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand in February-March 2022 and the trophy that will be played for was blessed in Te Whare Rūnanga. The education pack, made up of 45 tasks and available in te reo Māori and English has been designed to align with the school curriculum, with a particular focus on hauora and wellbeing. It brings to life the excitement of the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 (CWC22) for Kiwi kids aged 7-13.

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Find out how to access the bilingual CRIC-KIDS education pack for your school, kura or community group.

12.8.2021  I.Rider