As part of our Matariki celebration we are going to be playing some traditional Maori games. Here is the first - Mu Torere
Mu Torere is the only traditional Maori board game. The game is played by two players with 4 pieces each. The aim of the game is to make your opponent unable to move.
Maori have many games but only one board game. Mu torere is played mainly by the Ngati Porou tribe on the east coast of the North Island, but it has spread over time to many other tribes.
The board is a star with eight points or arms called kewai. The pieces (perepere) are placed at the end of the arms or in the centre. Some traditional boards were made from the totara tree.
How to Play
The game begins with the pieces filling the eight kewai. The putahi (centre) starts empty. The object of the game is to move the pieces until your opponent is unable to move.
The player on the dark kewai always start and must move one of the outer pieces into the putahi (centre).
Players continue to move their pieces along the lines. The game is over once one player can no longer move any of their pieces.