Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

A game of kī-o-rahi (1st of 2)

A game of kī-o-rahi

A group plays kī-o-rahi, a fast-paced contact sport that uses a circular field. Games are played between a defending 'taniwha' team and an attacking 'kīoma' team. Teams score points by touching the tupu (central marker) with the ball.  Rules vary from place to place, and the game can be played as a touch or tackle sport. Proponents say that it dates from before European arrival in New Zealand.

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Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Suppression and revival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2021)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013