Hākinakina - Sport

At Gate Pā School we value health, well-being and physical activity. We demonstrate this by keeping our children involved in regular physical education and sport.

Matua Michael Leigh is our sports co-ordinator , he supports us to maximise participation in a range of events including afterschool and weekend sports. Contact via email: sports@gatepa.school.nz

Competitive sport is also encouraged through participation within and across school competitions. These include netball, miniball, basketball, volleyball, fast football, cricket and rippa rugby competitions.

Inter school sporting opportunities for Y4-Y6 students happen throughout the school and include swimming, cross country, athletics, soccer, rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and miniball. Students who perform highly at these events can qualify for West Cluster and Western Bay of Plenty competitions.


School Teams

School teams from Years 1-6 represent Gate Pā School either after school or on Saturdays. Teams are put together by the Sports Coordinator based on the year levels of students. If possible, teams stay together from an early age to allow students and parents to get to know one another, and for coaches and managers to create a cohesive team. The emphasis for our school teams is to grow our players' skills, game sense, and positive attitudes toward sport. For a breakdown of when these sports are played, please see below:


Terms 1 & 4 sports (hākinakina)

  • Ripper rugby
  • Fast football
  • Basketball
  • Flippaball


Terms 2 & 3 sports (hākinakina)

  • Netball
  • Fast 5’s (rugby) & Girl’s Rugby (TBC)
  • Football

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Rippa Rugby

  • Available in Term 1 & 4
  • The game: Rippa Rugby is available for Years 1 – 6. It’s played with 5-7 players on the field, with up to four substitutes who can rotate at any time. With a mixed team, there must be at least one girl on the playing area at all times.
  • Location: Greerton Park (Greerton Marist)
  • League dates: TBC
  • Game times: Games are between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.
  • Draws will be e-mailed to coaches and managers who will distribute it to the team, alternatively, you can check the draw directly here.
  • Year 1 & 2 - 7 in a team with 5 on the field
  • Year 3 & 4 - 10 in a team with 7 on the field ( 1 girl on the field at all times)
  • Year 5 & 6 - 10 in a team with 7 on the field. ( 1 girl on the field at all times)
  • Cost: $10 (TBC)
  • Practice: To be confirmed by your coach/manager when the teams have been put together.
  • All children playing Rippa Rugby play in bare feet, no shoes or boots.
  • Each team will need a coach and a manager. Referees will be provided by the BOP Rugby Union.
  • All children need to be registered with NZRU to play Rippa Rugby.


  • Available in Term 1 & 4
  • Cost: $30
  • Location: QEYC
  • League dates: TBC
  • Game times: 4.00pm and 6.00pm.
  • The game: Little League (Yr 1 -2) four players on court, need a minimum of 5 players - adapted rules. Year 3-4 have five players on court, need a minimum of 7 players to make a team. Year 5-6 have five players on court, need a minimum of 8 players to make a team 1x adult scorer. Only players are to be on the playing court, there is to be no coach on the court or coaching from the side-lines during game situations.
  • Coaching and referee clinics for those interested.
  • Practice:To be confirmed by your coach/manager when the teams have been put together.
  • Each team requires a coach and a manager.


Fast 5 Football (Soccer)

  • Available in Term 1 & 4-
  • Cost: $15
  • Location: Pemberton Park, Fraser Street, Greerton
  • League dates: TBC
  • Game times: Monday from 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Times will be confirmed once registrations and draws are completed.
  • Practice: To be confirmed by your coach/manager when the teams have been put together.
  • Fast Football is a version of Futsal (5-aside, indoor football) adapted to be played outdoors. Less players on the field at a time gives each player more time on the ball, while the small space puts more emphasis on ball control, player movement and teamwork. Simplified rules, with a focus on development.
  • Teams supply their own referee or referee themselves.

Flippa Ball

  • Available in Term 1 & 4
  • Cost: TBC
  • Location: Memorial Pool
  • League dates: TBC
  • Game times: Tuesday’s 4pm-7.30pm
  • This is the introduction to playing water polo. The game is a water-based sport and is a great way for kids to be active while building confidence when in the water. The game is for Primary aged school children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The sport is played in a shallow pool (1.2m – 1.3m deep) and uses a range of ball skills, swimming and teamwork. A game is made up of 2 x 10-minute halves. Year 5 & 6 grade teams' changes end at halftime. There is no halftime in the Year 3 & 4 Grade.
  • Equipment TWP provides the goals, #2 balls & caps. Players only need appropriate swimwear. Goggles are not allowed.