NRL player Ricky Thorby, and his partner Kirrily, welcomed their daughter Kaiarahi during the summer off-season. Originally from New Zealand, Ricky began his professional career in 2007, and signed with the North Queensland Cowboys for last season, which went disappointingly, due to injury. This season, he is proving to be a stand-out player for the team, and last weekend was awarded the “Anzac Teddy” for efforts of bravery and inspiration. Ricky credits the birth of his daughter for a new attitude, pointing out he has a child to provide for now, and cannot afford to fail.
Kaiarahi is a Maori name meaning “guide, leader”. It’s a vocabulary word which has special connotations of someone being a mentor and counsellor within the Maori community, such as teaching language and culture. The accent is on the second syllable – I think said like ky-AAH-raa-hee.
I like it, but I am grateful that I will never have to teach her. Imagine trying to pronounce that on the first day?
I think once you’d heard it once, you’d be okay. I only had a rather poor quality sound recording to listen to, but it was actually harder for me to explain how to say it than to actually say it.
Love Kaiarahi. I also really like Kirrily.
Lou @ Mer de noms said:
It’s a pretty sounding name, that’s for sure! I kind of like it.