Kī-o-rahi is a traditional Māori sport, which was played a long time before the Europeans arrived in New Zealand, although little is known about its history. It involves two teams playing on a circular pitch, and the ball, called a ‘kī’, is made from flax woven together. It is a fast-moving contact sport, and is said to have influenced the game of rugby, with elements similar to dodgeball and tag. To this day, kī-o-rahi remains a popular sport in New Zealand.
A traditional kī ball, made from woven flax
This image depicts the construction of real tennis rackets from the mid-18th century