New Zealand Movement Activities

New Zealand Folk Dance and Songs

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Play: Children’s New Zealand Folk Games

Māori children’s play

  • Māori children traditionally played a wide range of games such as: Teka (darts), tī rākau (stick games), whai (string games), pouturu (stilt walking) and ruru (knucklebones).
  • Children made small kites called manu taratahi.
  • Pōtaka tā (whip tops), pōtaka tākiri (humming tops) and pīrori (hoops) were toys for all ages.
  • Pīrori were made from aka (vines) and either thrown or propelled with a stick.

New Zealand National Anthem

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