Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

Spear throwing with the kataha

Spear throwing with the kataha

Spear-throwing was a form of competitive recreation that also helped train warriors for combat. Here a man uses a kataha (whip) to enhance his throw.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Elsdon Best, Games and pastimes of the Maori. Wellington: Government Printer, 1925

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Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Athletic pursuits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/39339/spear-throwing-with-the-kataha (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013