("ki") games have always played a major part in
Māori culture, and ball games were often played between
tribal clans if one tribe organized an entertainment.
The more common types of balls used were :
"poi" - a flax ball attached to a short string,
used in dance and play.
"poi toa" - a flax ball attached to a long string,
used originally as a warrior training poi. The poi toa would
be flung several times in rapid succession, aimed at another
standing tribe member a short distance away, in order to test
flexibility, coordination, speed.
"ki" - a flax ball, used in passing and catching
Due to missionary influence, European colonisation and the
New Zealand Wars, most traditional Māori "mahi-a-rongo"
/ "rehia" (pleasurable past-times) had all but disappeared
by the 1870s.