Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

A game of mū tōrere

A game of mū tōrere

Here, a game of mū tōrere is in progress. Controversy remains over whether Māori adapted it from the European game of draughts, or whether it pre-dates European contact.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: Elsdon Best, Games and pastimes of the Maori. Wellington: Government Printer, 1925

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How to cite this page:

Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Games of skill with words and hands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39355/a-game-of-mu-torere (accessed 21 October 2019)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013