Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

Children playing marbles at Ōhinemutu, around 1905

Children playing marbles at Ōhinemutu, around 1905

These children play marbles on the mahau (porch) of Tamatekapua meeting house, Ōhinemutu, Rotorua. By the late 19th century European games had become popular with Māori, while traditional games had fallen out of favour. Cards, draughts, horse racing, golf, boxing, athletics and rugby were among the sports and pastimes Māori adopted.

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Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Suppression and revival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013