Rotorua Daily Post
"It's not just about fighting or anything like that - it's about the mind, body and soul," Whatanui Flavell said. "Maurakau isn't about winning, it's about whakawhanaungatanga (kinship), it's about bringing people together in a way our tipuna used to do.
"I was a swimmer and played a bit of rugby and touch.
But with maurakau, it's about body position and thinking about how our tipuna (ancestors) used to do it.
"In swimming you're just trying to be a winner.When I'm holding a rakau in a stance and you're ready to go into a fight, I think 'far out, if our tipuna were in this position, what would they do?"
'The sport has a wide range of people taking part in it including non-Maori, Flavell said."It's for anyone. It's not about who you are or where you come from. "It's about passion, if you want to learn about Maori culture this is a way of going about it."Open to everyone - just like the beaches. A way to learn about māori culture and yourself - a win-win scenario. Think about the vast storehouse of knowledge and technique that was developed over generations.