Among Ngāti Porou the word tīpao was applied to a number of throwing devices used in games. The illustration shows a stone-throwing tīpao made from a green stick of tītoki (Alectryon excelsus) with a cord attached. Other forms of tīpao included slings, also called kōtaha or maka, which appear to have been used for games rather than in warfare. A child's version of tīpao involved throwing potatoes with stick-and-cord device.
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Reference: Elsdon Best, Games and pastimes of the Maori. Wellington: Government Printer, 1925
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