Yesterday was a fun session with 32 tamariki learning Māori stick games (Tī tī tōrea) consisting of rhythmic throwing and catching of sticks (Ti Rakau) from person to person. Traditionally boys and young men used this game to increase dexterity and alertness, while girls and young women were thought to benefit from increased adroitness for poi and dances.
During the throwing and catching process, a traditional Waiata (song) was chanted. The stick game waiata most familiar to New Zealanders is E Papa Waiari.
Kapa Haka tamariki will adorn the new Rakau over the sessions and learn about Kowhaiwhai, hopefully using them to perform at Polyfest 2021.
Everyone is welcome to come and join in, the more the merrier. Wednesday P4 - TIC Shelly Sanders