Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

Tamatekapua on stilts, Ōhinemutu

Tamatekapua on stilts, Ōhinemutu

This poupou (carving), from Tamatekapua meeting house, Ōhinemutu, shows the Te Arawa ancestor Tamatekapua walking on stilts. He used stilts to steal fruit belonging to the chief Uenuku in Hawaiki (the homeland). Uenuku's resulting anger was one reason Tamatekapua decided to leave Hawaiki and come to New Zealand on Te Arawa canoe.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Burton Brothers Collection
Reference: PA7-05-36
Photograph by Burton Brothers

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How to cite this page:

Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Flying kites, spinning tops and other games', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013