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1. (noun) stick game - played by six or more people with wooden rods which are thrown by the players to each other in time to a song. Players sit or kneel in a circle a little distance apart from each other. Four sticks are used. Four of the players each have a stick, held vertically in the right hand. In time to the accompanying song they swing the sticks up and down, and, at a certain word in the song, the sticks are thrown to others across or around the circle. At other times, instead of swinging or throwing them, they are lowered until the lower end rests upon the floor, the song giving the cue for all these different actions.
Ka whakakitea ngā mahi a Rau-kata-uri i reira, te waiata, te pūtōrino, te kōauau, te tōkere, te tī ringaringa, te tī rākau, te pākuru, te papaki, te porotiti: mutu katoa ēnei mea kāore hoki a Kae i kata (NM 1928:30). / The activities of Rau-kata-uri were displayed there, singing, the long flute, the short flute, the castanets, hand games, stick games, playing the mouth resonator, hand clapping and the humming disc: when all these things ended Kae still hadn't laughed.