This Tākaro is played with a light piece of Tī Kōuka (cabbage tree) once dried out the branch has a hollow centre. This makes it perfect for the way you pass, catch and score in the game. A flat open palm has to be used at all times when carrying the "Ti or Kī"
Attack: Pass the ti or kī to one of your players standing on a mat to score points. Player (standing on mat) must catch and control the ti, ki, or poi on the full with an open hand.
Defense: Stop the other team from scoring points by intercepting a passed ti or kī.
How to score points: Catch near hips = 1 mat removed, catch above the head = 2 mats removed, catch ti or kī on the back of the neck without using your hands = game winner.
ti or kī is passed into the field of play by the Kaiwawao (referee) at the beginning of the game and after each score.
Alternatively each team can start halves or quarters and defending team starts after each score.
The kī cannot go directly from defense to the attacking zone; it must be passed to the players in the middle zone.
Must be caught open handed to score, when using a kī or block.
If it is caught waist high take away 1 mat, head high take away 2 mats, catches behind the neck wins the game.