Traditional Māori Game - Manu Tī

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

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.


Raukura (Feather) or strip of paper
Tipare (headband) - optional.


Two players stand opposite each other with feet shoulder width apart.
Place feather or strip of paper in headband, or strip of paper in mouth.
Start the game and, without moving your feet, snatch the feather out of other players headband (or mouth) without touching their head.
For demonstration:


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