Mau rakau is a combination of stick activities that are used
to develop hand to eye coordination. It was traditionally,
the learning about sacred Maori taonga in particular,
weapons such as taiaha, patu and mere.
Hoani Waititi marae has maurakau classes, every Thursdays.
Classes are open to all starting age limit of 12yrs apply.
It is a great way to get fit, and learn Te Reo Maori at the same time.
Instructions are given in Maori – which you will pick up as time progresses. I (Mrs Karaka) was in that position, but now with time have learnt many stances, blocks(karo) and hits (paoa). it has also been great for my fitness and health.
So make sure to try some during our trip next week.