Archery war comes to the Auckland Domain
It’s war in the Auckland Domain.
But there’s no need to worry, as this is archery war, a new sport where players use bows to fire foam-tipped arrows at the enemy.
Henry Chueh, the Auckland game’s founder, said it’s like dodge ball except with different arsenal.
Chueh, 29, who for works for Sovereign Insurance, started the sport in Auckland at the end of 2015 after he saw videos of it being played in the United States.
‘‘I wanted to do it myself with friends and there wasn’t any in Auckland so I just started one.’’
After getting in touch with Auckland Council Chueh had a trial session where the sport was approved.
Chueh has been hosting wars ever since. Competitors aim for an enemy’s five spot target, and the first team to knock out all of the spots or eliminate all of the other team wins.
However a player can be brought back to life if someone on their team catches an arrow in flight.
‘‘It’s quite a fresh sport, a lot of people have tried it,’’ Chueh said.
The games go for six minute rounds and teams range from four to six a side, with a rotation scheme if it’s a larger group.
The ideal person is one who wants the adrenaline of shooting people but doesn’t mind getting shot in the process, Chueh said.
Unlike a real battle there are no wounds in this war as the impact of an arrow is similar to being hit by a low speed tennis ball.
‘‘While paintball pellets leave bruises, these ones don’t hurt.’’
The battles are usually waged in the Auckland Domain for corporate events, stag parties and birthdays, although players are welcome to provide alternative venues for a battle.
Archery War is looking to start a tag league this winter.
Henry Chueh started Archery War after he saw it in the United States and realised it wasn’t available in Auckland.