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games were brought about.’’

The in­tro­duc­tion of ki o rahi into the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem was con­sid­ered a break­through, she said. It was Harko Brown, of Whakaarata­maiti Marae, who re­vi­talised the nga taonga takaro, or tra­di­tional Maori sports and games.

‘‘ Peo­ple kind of view it as another sport like rugby but in ac­tual fact it’s quite mean­ing­ful to par­tic­i­pate in our tra­di­tional games,’’ she said.

Maaka is ac­tively pro­mot­ing the sport in 21 South Waikato schools and said Pu­taruru’s new ki o rahi field was just the tip of the ice­berg.

‘‘Just like you have a rugby field and a netball court in ev­ery school, we want a ki o rahi field in ev­ery school.’’

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