Throw and catch the Poi Toa from one team member to another to advance towards the scoring zone.
Catch the Poi Toa in the scoring zone to score points.
1st team to a set amount of points or most points after set time wins.
Play starts from Te Marama with the Kaiwawao (referee) throw in to Te Ara (middle area of the playing field).
Players attempt to catch and pass the Poi Toa to a team member in Te Ao (attacking zones).
Attacking: players catch the poi in the Pawero (scoring zone) to score a point.
Person in possession of the Poi Toa MUST KEEP IT SPINNING at all times.
Team get the Poi Toa after every score.
Handover occurs when the Poi Toa is out over boundary lines, hands possession to the defending team.
If the Poi Toa touches the ground, stops spinning, a player walks while in possession of the Poi Toa, or takes too long to pass it. A penalty can occur (Kaiwawao (referee) discretion).
If the Poi Toa goes out over the back boundary line. Handover to the defensive team.
Poi Toa must be caught by the Aho (the tail of the Poi) at all times. If 2 players catch the Poi Toa at the same time, the hand closest to the Kī (ball/head) gets possession.