28 Jun 2012

Traditional ball game attracts youngsters

12:04 pm on 28 June 2012

Tamariki from 32 kura met at a west Auckland stadium on Wednesday to play the ancient Maori ball game of ki o rahi.

Played on a circular field, the game and involves throwing a ball at posts to score points, and the inter-school competition at Trusts Stadium drew pupils from throughout the city.

Teacher Ana Hokopaura and her pupils from Glenfield Intermediate say it's a fun, fast moving game - with a lot of running and both teams on the attack.

A number of other traditional Maori games were discussed in workshops, including mu torero, which has been likened to a form of Maori chess.