Activity for ‘Ka ‘Akapērā Tikāi! (That’s the Way!)’

Ka ‘Akapērā Tikāi! (That’s the Way!)

by Lino Nelisi

This is a Tupu reader, written in Cook Island Maori. Translations are also available in four other Pacific Island languages. An English version, called That’s the Way is available in the Ready to Read series. This story is about the Samoan game of kilikiti. When Mum’s team is short of one player, Animoe gets the chance to play her favourite game. The bright, clear illustrations show scenes of daily life in the Pacific Islands – lavalavas, smiling faces and lots of food! This book was nominated for the collection because it has realistic illustrations showing lavalavas and its focus on the popular game of kilikiti.

Activity: KILIKITI (Health and Physical Education)

Curriculum Level 1, 2 & 3(see curriculum links at the end of the activity)

NZC Key Competencies

  • thinking
  • using language, symbols and text
  • participating and contributing
  • relating to others


 This story is about the Pacific Island game of kilikiti. This version is in Cook Island Maori, however it is also available in 4 other Pacific Island languages, as well as an English language version.In this activity, children will learn how to play this traditional game.1. After reading the story, ask the students if they have ever had any experience with playing kilikiti. Ask:

  • has anyone ever played kilikiti before?
  • do you know any of the rules of kilikiti?

Share thoughts and experiences.

Then, explain the rules of kilikiti:


Just like cricket, but the Pacific Island version – great for summer!

Stuff you’ll need to get started:

one or two cricket bats

a tennis ball

wickets (you can use sticks, bags or even chilly bins)

a place (like a park) and people (the more the better!)

How to play:

Make a pitch to play on by setting up two sets of wickets about 15-20 big steps apart.

Get two people to bat and two people to bowl – everyone else is a fielder.

A bowler throws the ball underarm towards the batter who tries to hit it as hard as they can.

Every time the ball is hit, the batters run up and down the pitch until the ball gets thrown back to one of the wickets. Each batter bats until they are ‘out’ by being caught, bowled, or run out.

The next ball is then bowled from the other end of the pitch by the other bowler.

Tip: Share the batting and bowling so everyone gets toPush Play in a big way!


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Then take students out and enjoy the game!

  • At Level 3, students should also begin to explore the roles of co-operation and competition when taking part in these activities.


  • ‘kilikiti’ bat (or normal cricket bat if you can’t access one)
  • ball
  • large field
  • wickets
Curriculum Links Health & Physical Education Movement Concepts and Motor Skills

  • develop a wide range of movement skills, using a variety of equipment and play environments (Level 1)
  • participate in a range of games and activities and identify the factors that make participation safe and enjoyable (Level 1)
  • participate in and create a variety of games and activities and discuss the enjoyment that these activities can bring to them and others (Level 2)
  • develop and apply rules and practices in games and activities to promote fair, safe, and culturally appropriate participation for all (Level 2)
  • participate in co-operative and competitive activities and describe how co-operation and competition can affect the quality of the experience (Level 3)

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