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Te Māori i te Ao Poipātū

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He kēmu whakaihiihi, he kēmu whakawanawana te kēmu poipātū ki te tini makiu puta noa i te ao.
Kāore i tua atu i tēnei kēmu mō te taha whiti, mō te taha whakapakari, me te taha moruki, ka mutu, he kēmu hiki i ngā tāmitanga, he kēmu pāpori hoki.

E āhei ana ngā kaitākaro katoa, ahakoa te pakeke, te ira, te iti, te rahi rānei, ki te tākaro i tēnei kēmu.
Nō ngā tau tuatahi o te rau tau 20 i whai wāhi atu ai te Māori ki te poipātū, ā, kua toa whakaihuwaka te Māori i ngā whakataetae o te motu me ngā whakataetae o te ao.

Ko tētahi tokorua hautipua o te ao poipātū ko Joelle King rāua ko Leilani Joyce. He uri whakaheke te tokorua nei nō te Māori, ka mutu, kua toa i a rāua ngā mētera Taumāhekeheke Hoa Whenua. E whakanuia ana tēnei tokorua hei tino kaitākaro poipātū wāhine mō te ao.

He mea whakanui te whakataetae Ngā Hau e Whā i te whenumitanga o te kēmu poipātū me tō tātou ahurea Māori. Ka tau te hunga Māori me te hunga Tauiwi i te motu whānui ki te wāhi kotahi, ki reira whakataetae ai i tētahi horopaki Māori. E arahina ana tēnei whakataetae e ngā tikanga Māori, hui katoa te pōwhiri, te waiata, me te kapa haka puta noa i ngā rangi e toru. He huinga pai tēnei mō te whakatairanga i tō tātou ahurea me te whakakotahi i tō tātou hapori poipātū Māori.

Mēnā kāore anō koe kia whai wāhi atu ki tēnei kēmu, tirohia ngā taipitopito mō te karapu e pātata ana ki a koe, tukuna atu rānei he karere ki a rātou e whakaatu ana i tō hiahia ki te whakamātau!

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Squash is an exciting and fun game enjoyed by many players around the world. Squash is great for fitness, strength and agility, social interaction and stress-relief. Players of all ages, gender, sizes and abilities can play squash.

Māori athletes have been involved in squash since the early 20th century and have earnt titles in both national and international competitions.

Joelle King and Leilani Joyce are two legendary squash players of Māori descent, who, between them, have won multiple Commonwealth Games titles and are acknowledged amongst the greatest women squash players in the world.

The Ngā Hau e Whā Māori National Squash tournament is a celebration of our culture and squash, where both Māori and non-Māori players from all over the motu come together to compete within a te ao Māori environment. The tournament is guided by tikanga Māori, and includes pōwhiri, waiata, and kapa haka throughout the three days. This event is a great way to showcase our culture and bring together our Māori squash community.

If you haven’t had a go at squash yet, make sure you check out the details for your local squash club, or send them a message letting them know you want to give it a go!

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