Tītītōrea (short stick games)

A traditional game played with short sticks in par while sitting don. The aim being to perform set movements like passing the sticks to your partner. This is a great game that requires you to work with a friend to not drop the sticks while keeping the rhythm. 


Tī rākau (sticks games)

Challenge yourself and develop more flexibility in your risks by learning different stances with a rakau (long stick). Traditionally ti rakau were used to practice hand-eye coordination by toa (warriors).


Takaro-a-ringa (hand games)

Have a go at some Maori hand games like hei tama tu tama, tahi-rua-tahi and pukana. These games involve memorising actions, sequences, numbers and calls in te reo Maori. Some of these games can be played in pairs and others in larger groups.



Put your hand-eye coordination to the test with the poi (a light weight with a flexible cord) while keeping to the beat. Today the poi is widely seen being used by woman traditional Maori dance performances.


Mau Rākau

Learn basic mau rākau stances and then participate in a game of Matau-Maui. Players are given a long stick and are asked to stand in a circle. When the instructor calls matau, players must leave the rākau they were holding and move to catch the rākau of the person immediately to their right. When maui is called, the players must do the same but move to the left. The aim of the game is to not drop the rākau.


Mā Whero

Players are put into two teams called Mā and Whero that line up beside each other in the centre of a field. Opposing players are paired off to face each other and must perform the actions or stances the instructor calls out. When the instructor calls Mā, the Mā team must run to their end of the field without being tagged by Whero. The same thing goes for the Whero team when their name is called. The team that tags the most players when the game is over wins.