Manu ti game photoManu Tī - Taonga Tākaro (Traditional Māori Game)

Game Whakapapa/Atuatanga

Traditionally played where opponents tried to snatch Raukura (feathers) out of each others hair (top knots) or from the Tipare (headband)

Game description

1 on 1 activity, trying to snatch object from another person.

Snatch the other persons feather/paper from them.

Number of players required

2 people minimum

Space required

Small area needed, indoors is fine.

Game benefits

Improve reflexes, spatial awareness, reading an opponents movements and body language, peripheral vision. A great way to warm up, whakawhanaungatanga, have a laugh, and generally encourage participation and engagement.

Equipment required

Raukura (Feather), Pieces of paper, Tipare (headband) 


Normally played 1 on 1.

Snatch the feather out of other players mouths without hitting them in the head.


Groups can play elimination style.

Using rippers worn on belts or shorts as a warm up before a game.


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