being enjoyed by kids right around Taranaki Maunga
A traditional Māori game, Kī-O-Rahi, is taking Taranaki schools by storm.
The sport was played by the Māori Battalion during World War II, and is now also played in France, Sport Taranaki kaiwhakahaere Larnee Wallace said.
Back then it would have been played with a stone wrapped in harakeke (flax), but now the kī is a small football.
‘’A lot of our traditional Māori games, which are called taonga tākaro, were invented or created for training purposes. That’s how our tūpuna used to train and get themselves prepared for war or whatever they were training for.’’