Traditional Māori ball game kī o rahi, similar to rugby, growing in Auckland

New Zealand Herald:

A traditional Māori ball game similar to rugby is on a resurgence, promoting te reo and tikanga along the way.

Kī o rahi is a traditional Māori sport played on a circular field, involving two teams both attacking and defending in different ways to outscore their opponents.

More than 50,000 people – mostly schoolchildren – play it across the country, there is a dedicated playing field at Waitangi, and teams are even springing up in Europe.

In Auckland a new body, Kī o Rahi Tāmaki Makaurau, has been founded to further grow the game here.

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