Archery war comes to the Auck­land Do­main

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - JAMES PASLEY

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.

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