Prim2O News

Papakura Turbo Touch

A total of over 100 year 5-8 students from four local schools made up 14 teams that competed at the very first Papakura Turbo Touch Tournament at Bruce Pulman Park. Conifer Grove came out on top as the winners of the day, taking out both the Year 5/6 and 7/8 grades. On the whole the day was a great success, and we are all looking forward to seeing even more skilled players from the Papakura region!

Counties Turbo Touch

·         With turbo touch proving to take off even more over the year, a Counties-wide turbo touch invitational was put together with all schools across the region. Being the first of its kind, the tournament was a great success with over 300 students participating from more than 10 schools. With a wide range of experience with the game, the overall quality was at a high standard and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day for all present. 

Results for the day were as follows

·         Winner of Y5/6 Girls grade: Conifer Grove

·         Winner of  Y5/6 Boys grade: Redoubt North

·         Winner of Y7/8 Girls grade: Manurewa Intermediate

·         Winner of Y7/8 Boys grade: Redoubt North

Congratulations to all those schools, and another big thank you to all those involved in such an awesome day!

Sports Champ

On the 31st October the PRIMO team, along with Daniel from sponsor Green Valley went along to Panama Road School to present Mathias with the Sports Champ award for Term 3. Mathias is a year 6 student leader who is remarkably humble and quiet; his leadership style is shown through setting high expectations for himself, in the hope that others will follow. Top try scorer for his club, Mathias played at the MOSA school rugby tournament in the grade above his weight grade, and played from the front despite suffering an injury in their first game.

His teachers felt that he deserved to be recognised for his efforts, despite going about his business without seeking any glory or credit.

Congratulations to Mathias, and to Panama Road for producing such great talent and an inspiring sports leader from their school!

*The Sports Champ Award aims to recognise local sporting talent within our schools and reward students who have shown good leadership and participation skills within their sports teams.

School Holiday Youth Impact Programme - five years of numeracy, literacy and sports!

It has been five years since the Youth Impact Programme was first piloted in the July school holidays back in July 2011!  The venue was Alfriston College and we had 25 children from six Primary Schools attending.  Five years on, and we are pleased to see the programme is reaching six more Primary Schools, and there is a great range of new activities for the children to discover, learn and play.  

View the attached article to find out what happened in our October more

Primo Newsletter Term 3, August 2016

To find out the latest news from the team read here

Teachers Competition

Term 2 saw the return of the highly regarded Teachers Comp in 2016 - an opportunity for our schools teachers to get their competitive faces on! Turbo Touch was the sport of choice and proved popular with 5 schools battling it out for the coveted title of Champions.


Teams from Rowandale, Koru School, Mangere East, Manurewa Intermediate and Manurewa East took part in a highly energetic event, with Manurewa Intermediate running out as close winners against Mangere East in the final.

Congratulations to all those who took part, we look forward to seeing you back again for the next competition!

Annual Ki-o-rahi Tournament proves a great success!

- by Jaime McCafferty and Opura Takatainga, Counties Manukau Sport Primary Sport Advisors

Now in its third year running, this unique event attracted 10 local Primary Schools who took part in the 2015 competition held at Kolmar, Papatoetoe....continue


A Rippa of a Team

- By Chonaire Huriwai

The P2RIM2O team visited Roscommon School to award this month’s team Sports Champ award. Sports Champ recognises teams/individuals who inspire or excel in sport. The recipients for this month are the talented Ripper Rugby players from Roscommon School.

 The Rippa Rugby team was nominated by Junaid Rungan who writes “our RIPPA Rugby teams both played in the Manurewa Tournament where, we were both unbeaten and ended up playing each other in the finals. Both teams qualified to represent Manurewa in the Counties Tournament held at ECOlight Stadium on Tueday, 30th June. Again both teams played exceptionally well and were unbeaten at the end of the day. We then had to play each other for the Counties Trophy. It was the toughest match of the day, but played with excellent spirit. Now we have the tough job of selecting 10 students (5 boys and 5 girls) to represent Counties at the upcoming National RIPPA Tournament in Wellington. Our school has a proud tradition in this tournament, winning in 2012 and 2014 and runner up in 2013. I think the amazing part of this achievement is that each year there are a new group of students, because the Year 6's leave to Intermediate. The one constant has been our SUPERCOACH, Alosio Taimo who gives up countless hours during lunchtimes, after school, weekends and during school holidays coaching the students. We hope you consider our school for the July Nomination, as it would be a huge lift to these students who will represent Counties with everything they have and be excellent ambassadors for our region.”

 The team travelling to windy Wellington are as follows; Romatt Wichman (co-captain), Shakira Savage (co-captain), Chance Ofanoa, Ioane Lui, LJ Strickland, Michael Manua, Sharnyze Pihema, Sana Kereopa, Monica Fortes, Louisa Moses and coached by SUPERCOACH Alosio Taimo.

 Congratulations to these young, incredible athletes and good luck for the national tournament in Wellington. We at Counties Manukau Sport love to see our young leaders representing our region with pride. We would also like to thank our sponsors Green Valley, for the chocolate milk and Future Foods for the box of Juicies for the team to share.


SPORTS CHAMP - Dominic Rolling up into the NZ Ranks

The recipient for this month's sports champ award is the talented inline roller hockey player, Dominic Majoribanks from Sir Bader Douglas Primary School.  To read Dominic's story - click here


Redoubt North’s Inspiring Softball Team - By Chonaire Huriwai


The PRIM2O team visited Redoubt North Primary School to award this month’s team Sports Champ award. Sports Champ recognises teams/individuals who inspire or excel in sport. The recipients for this month are the talented, role models of Redoubt North’s Intermediate Girls Softball team.

Our girls’ softball team recently attended the South Eastern Zone tournament day where they exceeded expectations. They inspired others through their sportsmanship, determination, perseverance and love of the game. Our team was complementary of other players and teams when things weren't going their way, for example were heard them saying "hard luck," and "better luck next time" when other teams missed opportunities to get them out. They also received praise from other coaches for two triple plays in their third and fourth play-off match, one being described "as the best he'd ever seen". They won their pool, playing against schools with club level players and were unlucky to lose their close semifinal. They showed great character and attitude, following up this loss with an emphatic win in their third and fourth play-off match, winning 7-0. Since returning from tournament, which they had been training for 3 mornings a week before school since Term 4 2014, they have volunteered more time to come and attend the primary girls softball training's to help prepare them for their upcoming tournament day. These girls are true examples of how perseverance, hard work, and having a good attitude can take you further than anyone would've thought possible at competitive tournaments."

This team consisted of Faith, Nicklah, Savannah, Lyric, Sarah, Ashleigh, Kae, Taele, Feunai, Sonya and Helen.  Congratulations to these young, incredible athletes. We at Counties Manukau Sport love to see what our young leaders are capable of. We would also like to thank our sponsors Green Valley, for the chocolate milk and Future Foods for the box of Juicies for the team to share.





Al-Madinah’s Three Sports Champ February Winners - 27/02/15

By Jaime McCafferty

On Thursday 26th March, the PRIMMO programme visited Al-Madinah school in Mangere to award February's Sports Champ Team winners to three very deserving athletes, Azura Iqbal, Juwairiya Raheemah and Rukshina Khan. 

These students participated in the relay team for their school's athletics days on 11th February. Azura, Juwairiya and Rukshina displayed excellent team work and showed encouragement towards each other. Their efforts inspired other students within their school to persevere and not to give up.

They all gave 100% in training and remained positive even when they were exhausted! The girls also contributed 20 points to their house which was the winning house of the day. Azura, Juwairiya and Rukshina encompass what the Sports Champ Award is all about - showing good sportsmanship, inspiration and leadership in their sporting ability. Congratulations to the three girls and we look forward to hearing more sporting success stories from Al-Madinah School.

We would like to thank our two sponsors, Future foods who donated a box of juicies and Green Valley for donating the chocolate milk for the girls to share. 

If you would like to find out more about the Sports Champ Award or to nominate a student please contact the PRIM2O Team:

Jaime - or

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There's no doubt, about Redoubt - November Team Sports Champ Winners! - 04/12/15

By Jaime McCafferty

On Thursday 4th December, Ria and Jaime visited Redoubt North Primary School to award November's Team Sport Champ to their Intermediate Boys' Football team. The Boys football team have been together for three to four years and have grown together both on and off the field over this time. This year, they attended the AIMS Games when they competed against teams playing at the highest standard of football in New Zealand.  

The team has helped the game of football to grow and develop in their school. The boys have given up in their own time coaching Junior students from Year 3 to 5. Now football is the most popular sport in the school. This pioneering Redoubt North Football team won the hearts and minds of the AIMS family. The team was selected to represent the AIMS game and coverage was shown on both TV1 and TV3 news.

The boys have shown what is possible with hard work and determination. They also spent time developing their own team vision, values, bounce back plan and had extra specialist coaching from Ken Youngson, our mental toughness expert. This team has inspired most of the boys to join local Football clubs and has created amazing lasting memories for the players, coaches and families supporting the team. "

Our Y7 & 8 Boys recently just came back from AIMS games. We have inspired other Intermediate and younger Primary students to play football and to join other sports teams. I think we excelled as a team because we tried really hard in training and developed into a Champion team. We are really proud of our accomplishments and have leant valuable life lessons just from being part of the team. My memories of school are also going to be the amazing time I had being part of the Redoubt North Boys Football team." -  Avishek 12 years old

"Just three years ago it all began, when I first started at Redoubt North .I became part of the Football team which helped me settle into school. Going to AIMS Games this year has been the biggest and most amazing challenge of my life. For most of the boys it was the first time we had ever left our parents and families, the first time staying in a Hotel and the first time competing in an amazing week long tournament. For one boy it was his first time going to the beach. It was lots of fun getting to do football training at the beach and developing our team skills, This year being part of the Redoubt North Football team has been the BEST part of my life." - Vijay 12 years

We would like to thank our two Sponsors, Green Valley for the Milk and Future Foods for the Juicies. Congratulations once again to November's Team Sports Champ Winners, the Redoubt North Intermediate Boys Football Team for their achievements this year. 

December's Individual Sports Champ Award - Antonio Vaitohi - 12/12/2014

By Ria Melling

On Thursday 11th December, Ria and Jaime visited Mangere East Primary School to give the December Sports Champ Individual Award to 11-year-old Antonio Vaitohi.

Antonio is a great sporting role model at Mangere East Primary School. He constantly tries his best in every sport while maintaining great integrity in his sportsmanship. Antonio can be seen regularly encouraging others and is an inspiration to his peers.

At the recent MOSA Athletics event, Antonio had been ill at home for several days, but he still turned up to compete. At the MOSA athletics, Antonio won the 100m Y6 Boys final by a significant distance.

This is a clear indication of what sort of young boy Antonio is, and how he is determined to always give his best in everything he does. We would like to thank our sponsors, Green Valley for the Milk and Future Foods for the juicies.

Congratulations once again to Antoinio of Mangere East Primary School for your amazing sporting effort and you are definitely someone to keep an eye out for in the future. 

Sports Champ Wall of Fame for 2014! 08/12/2014

By Ria Melling

Owen is Manurewa Central's Sports Champ! 21/11/2014

By Jaime McCafferty

On Thursday 6th November, Ria and Jaime visited Manurewa Central School to give 11-year-old Owen Bouttavong the Sports  Champ Award for the month. This award is given out monthly to a student and/or team within the Counties Manukau Region.

Through the Sports Champ Award, individuals and teams are recognised after showing excellence, positive participation and contribution to sport - therefore inspiring those around them to become more involved in sports, at any level.

Owen was nominated by his teacher Mr Baird, he knew that Owen deserves an award like this as he has great participation and ability in all sports; he also shows increased maturity and sportsmanship on any sports field. Owen has been part of leading a number of sports teams this year and his committed style of play sets an example for other team members.

We want to congratulate Owen once again on all his achievements, and wish him the best of luck for his future endeavours in sports.

A big thank you to Green Valley and Future Foods for their support and sponsorship of product which Owen received as part of his prize. 

CM Sport Inter YIP event a big success! - 07/10/2014

By Sheryl Law

Counties Manukau Sport Youth Impact Holiday programmes (YIP) continued in the recent school holidays with programmes held in Manurewa, Otara and Pukekohe.

Targeting Year 6 students from local primary schools, this unique sports-based programme combines values, literacy, numeracy, life skills and sports.  Classroom type sessions each morning based on the days chosen sport theme and practical sessions each afternoon typify each day of the week long programme.

A mid-week Inter YIP event brought the students from all three programmes together at the Papatoetoe Sports centre for a day of trying new sports and competition.  The 63 students experienced lawn bowls on the artificial green with volunteers from the Hunters Corner Bowling Club, Indoor Cricket with Former Kiwi star Gary Kemble, Aussie Rules with a coach from AFL, and hockey with Black Sticks Olympian Simon Child.  The day culminated in a turbo touch tournament with teams from each programme playing in a round robin tournament.

The experienced team of CM Sport programme staff and coaches supported each session, ensuring all the YIP students got the most out of each opportunity and had a fun filled, enjoyable time.

"The Inter YIP was a wonderful opportunity to bring all the students together to experience some new sports at a great venue. Lawn bowls was a highlight, and the club volunteers were fantastic.  One or two students had played bowls with their grandparents, but this was a totally new experience for most. Their perception before playing was that bowls was only for "old people", and it was great to see them learning, not only to play bowls, but also enjoying the etiquette and the slower, calmer pace of the bowling environment; it was ‘way cooler' than they had expected."

"Having a role model like Simon Child leading the hockey and taking time to talk to the students and sign autographs during the lunch break was also a highlight.  Having positive role models in the community supporting programmes like YIP inspires our young participants to work hard to achieve their goals whether it is at school or in sport." 





Roscommon Sports Champs challenge the National Title - 29/08/2014

By Ria Melling

Roscommon School's Top Rippa Rugby Team were the recent recipients of a Sports Champ Award. This award offers recognition to individuals and teams who regularly participate in sports within primary and intermediate schools, organised through the Counties Manukau Sport Primary Sport programme in Manurewa, Mangere & Otahuhu.

Junaid Rungan (Associate Principal at Roscommon) nominated this team for the award, below is his nomination:   "Roscommon entered 2 teams into the Manurewa Rippa Rugby tournament organised by CMRFU. Both our teams played each other in the finals and both qualified for the Counties RIPPA Finals. Our first team won their game and have now qualified to represent Counties-Manukau at the annual Rippa Rugby Champs in Wellington. This continues a proud tradition at Roscommon School as we have represented Counties for 4 years in a row. We won the National Champs in 2012, and were finalists last year."  

The amazing thing about this feat is that it is pretty much a new team each year once the Y6 students go off to intermediate. The team that we have this year has high hopes of emulating their predecessors and bringing the Cup back to Manurewa. They have been training hard (including term holidays) and are a fantastic group of kids, who will be amazing ambassadors for Counties and indeed Manurewa. They represent a range of ethnicities and have strengths in multiple sporting, artistic and academic areas."  

Please consider this team for your award, along with the Coach (Alosio Taimo) who has been the one constant throughout every Rippa Champ. He is a Teacher Aide, who coaches all our sport teams. He spends endless weekends, afterschool sessions and holidays training the students. He has helped enrol many students at Karaka Rugby Club; otherwise many of these kids would not have had this opportunity."  

The following students are the Sports Champs for July:

Leon Mataia, Tupou Langi, Michael Manua, Joseph Taleafoa, Max Tipelu, Shakira Savage, Seifua Leatisolomua, Emoni Motuga, Gloria Semaia, Amelia Fungavaka & Supercoach: Alosio Taimo.  

Congratulations!! On behalf of PRIM2O (Primary Sport Manurewa, Mangere & Otahuhu), Green Valley Milk & Future Foods we would like to wish you all the best for the upcoming Rippa Rugby National Tournament in Wellington and bringing that trophy home.



YIP Kids in Manurewa Reflect - 17/07/2014

By Ria Melling

The first week of these July school holidays saw 25 students from eight schools in Manurewa attend the Youth Impact Programme (YIP), run by Counties Manukau Sport.  Schools in Manurewa that work with the Primary Sport programme were each given the opportunity to select a group of Year 6 students to attend this holiday programme.

Each day during the YIP week there is a different sport focus. Literacy and numeracy activities are planned to complement each sport, so students complete these activities with their team leaders before giving each sport a go in the afternoons. There is a big emphasis on the YIP values (ASPIRE = Achievement, Success, Passion, Integrity, Respect and Education) along with life skills, nutrition and team building.

Below are some recounts written by a few of the students who recently attend the Youth Impact Programme in Manurewa:

"My name is Peter and I am ten years old. I go to Rowandale School and I am going to tell you how fun and exciting it is to come to Living The Dream. My rating for Living The Dream is a 10 out of 10 because they have encouraged us all the way to do our best in all activities. The sport I liked this week the most was badminton because it was a fun experience and I've never played it before, my favourite game for the week was chair tag because it gets me more fit and it's really fun. Also what's really fantastic is that you get a free t-shirt that says Living The Dream and also a bag and some shoes so I'm really grateful for all those things".

Peter, Rowandale School.    

"Kia ora my name is Charntay. I am 11 years old. I go to Weymouth Primary School. I am a Maori and I got selected to go on a Youth Impact Programme with 3 other people from my school. My best activity was skipping and turbo touch and skateboarding because I thought I could not do it but I said "I can I can" so I did it. My team leader was George and in my team was Jaemyn, Reneeta, Jeroslav and Isaac and of course me. My team was called All Stars. I had lots of fun at the Youth Impact Programme. My week was awesome".

Charntay, Weymouth Primary School.    

"Hi my name is Sofia and I go to Manurewa Central School. The first day when I came to YIP I was shy and scared. Until I got into the sports and games my shyness had gone away and I started to play, I made some new friends and loved the sports, morning tea and lunch. The first sport that we did was badminton, the second was football, the third was turbo touch and then we had skateboarding. Last but not least we had volleyball. With all that sports I was very puffed. I had a lovely time at YIP and hope to go again".

Sofia, Manurewa Central School.    

"Hi my name is Levi and I go to Rowandale School. My experience at YIP was very brilliant. I got to meet lots of sporty kids and coaches. I've got to learn the YIP values from the coaches. They are achievement, integrity, success and respect, these values mean a lot to us. I think everybody loved the sports and the games. Us YIP kids are lucky, we got a free bag from the Counties Manukau Sport boss Russell. We got free shoes from Shoe Clinic too. I think everyone would like to stay for 4 weeks instead of one week".

Levi, Rowandale School.    

"Being one of the YIP kids I'm also glad that I have met some new friends. I also cannot wait till the next Youth Impact Programme. This week I have learnt a lot of things about what is good for our bodies, like how much food you should be having and what you shouldn't be having, also how much sugar is in some drinks. Thank you for having us for a whole week Counties Manukau Sport."

Teine, Rowandale School. 




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