Last year over 6,000 participants from 24 marae took part with more than 7000 spectators urging them on.
Sports include rugby, touch rugby, mixed netball, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, petangue, but also includes chess, and euchre – a popular card game.
This annual event is held by Ngati Tuwharetoa – the local tribe whose area extends from Maketu down through Kawerau, down to Taumaranui, Taupo, Turangi to Fielding.
The aim of the games is “whakawhanaungatanga” – which is to establish relationships with each other by bringing the people of all abilities back as one through sport – a bit like a local Maori Olympic Games?
Tongariro River anglers can relax – they don’t have a fishing contest – yet…