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Wednesday 28 December 2011 | Published in Regional


While the rain spoiled organised and family sports activities including the Boxing Day touch rugby tournament over the festive weekend it didnt stop the Pukapuka community running some of their Christmas and New Year games.

The communitys tennis programme was rained out on Monday morning but they rigged up the nets for their volleyball games at Nikao Maori School.

About 60 members of the Pukapuka community gathered at the school ground for what was a fun and laughter filled afternoon of volleyball.

The community has been split into two groups the Tawa Ngake team for those from the northern part of Pukapuka and Tawalalo for those that hail from the Southern village of the northern group island.

While the Pukapuka women laughed and clapped their way through games, the men on the other hand were all about body-on-the-line dives and some strong and accurate spikes.

All the games were cheered on by the little kids and elders of the community who werent short of a few words of advice.

The community also had touch rugby, tennis, tug-o-war and other games on their programme which they will run right through to the New Years.