PLAYING THE GAME:
Two teams – named Kioma and Taniwha – play against each other on a circular field consisting of three concentric circles.
Each circle constitutes a zone. The outer zone is Te Ao and is 12 metres wide. The middle zone is Te Roto – six metres wide. The central zone is Te Motu.
The aim of the Kioma team is to score tries – tupu manawa – with the ki – a ball made of flax – while the opposing Taniwha team attempts to score hits – tupu wairua – on the large centre target called a tupu. The team which scores the most points or the team which scores 10 times in a row wins the game.