Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

Waka hurdle race, Ngāruawāhia, 1955

This film shows a waka hurdle race in Ngāruawāhia in the Waikato. Waka races were popular throughout Polynesia, and some Māori migration stories mention waka races in the traditional homeland of Hawaiki.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: New Zealand Mirror 3. National Film Unit, 1950

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How to cite this page:

Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Water sports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/39343/waka-hurdle-race-ngaruawahia-1955 (accessed 7 December 2021)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013