Story: Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia

Te Waka Maori newspaper

Te Waka Maori newspaper

In this text from Te Waka Maori newspaper, Rapata Wahawaha gives an account of the types of games which were 'ngā mahi a Ruhanui' – the arts of Ruhanui, who symbolised activities during times of peace. In translation, it reads:

When Vega rose the harvesting of the food began; and when that was done the activities of Ruhanui were carried out, which were these: the ceremony and feast to celebrate the storing of the kūmara crop, the exchanging of gifts of food between hosts and visitors, feasting, performing haka and poi, flying kites, whipping spinning tops, doing the pōtēteke dance, wrestling, playing draughts, performing string games, playing the pānokonoko string game, playing the jew's harp, the clappers and the pākuru, swinging, calling kūī, playing kurapakara, swinging on the moari, and all those other games.

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Niupepa: Maori newspapers
Reference: Te Waka Maori o Niu Tireni, 11 September, 1872, p. 110

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Ross Calman, 'Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia - Festivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013