Wealth of Games still to be Found (Waatea)

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A teacher who is reviving old Maori games says there is a wealth of pastimes to be rediscovered.

harko-brownHarko Brown says space restrictions meant his first book, Nga Taonga Taakaro, contained only 20 activities, including the ball game ki a rahi. Hes working on a comprehensive follow-up, drawing on 30 years of interviews with his own relatives and with kaumatua from around the country.

A lot more information can be put in, whakapapa related to the game. I think a lot of people looking for the sources, and building that themselves by being able to whakapapa to the areas that release the knowledge and information, Mr Brown says.

His interest in old games was sparked as a child talking to his six uncles who had served in the Maori Battalion.

Many thanks to Waatea News for this panui and whanau ma, if you know of any traditional Maori games, we’d love for you to post a comment below.

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