KAUPAPA - A board game for speakers & learners of te reo Māori (Available Now)

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Nāwai i kore kupu, ka matomato te tupu! 

From reo zero to kōrero hero!

Ko KAUPAPA te papa kēmu mā Aotearoa e reorua ana. KAUPAPA is the board game for a bilingual Aotearoa.

Check out this 1 minute video explaining how to play

E 900 ōna kupu, mai i te rākau ki te rangatira, ā, mā KAUPAPA e tino ngahau ai te noho, e whakawhānui ai hoki tō punakupu Māori i te wā kotahi!

With 900 words spanning rākau to rangatira, KAUPAPA is your chance to have hysterical fun, use your reo and expand your Māori vocabulary at once! It is a word description game that can be played at any level - beginners can use it to learn new words, and fluent speakers can create a fast-paced, playful Māori language immersion environment. 

Me pēhea te tākaro? I tētahi meneti kotahi, whakamāramahia ngā kupu katoa ka taea ki ō hoamahi. Ka tere ake te koke a tō rōpū i te papa kia nui ake ngā kupu e whakamāramahia ana. Kawea ake ngā mānuka a Māui i a koe e haere ana! Ko te rōpū ka tae tuatahi ki te papariki o TOA te toa o te kēmu.

How to play? In one minute, describe as many words as possible to your teammates. The more words you describe, the faster your team advances across the board. Rise to Māui’s challenges along the way! The first team to reach the TOA (champion) tile wins the game.

KAUPAPA for beginners: KAUPAPA can be played by anyone starting to learn te reo. If you are at the kākano (beginners) stage of learning, you can use actions, sound effects and English words to describe the word on the card. English definitions are provided on Kupu (word) cards.

Kei roto: | Includes:
1 te Papa Kēmu | 1 Game board
150 ngā kāri Kupu | 150 Word cards
12 ngā kāri Māui | 12 Māui cards
3 ngā kāri Tūtohu | 3 Reference cards
3 ngā waka Rōpū | 3 Team tokens
1 te Tohuwā | 1 Timer
1 te pukatohu Kēmu | 1 Game guide
1 te Kapa | 1 coin
 He mea hanga i Aotearoa | Made in Aotearoa



  • 20 - 45 MINUTES

  • 8+ YEARS

  • 2-12+ PLAYERS


Who can play Kaupapa? Everyone interested in increasing their te reo  - from absolute beginners to fluent speakers. 

I don’t speak Māori fluently, can I play Kaupapa? Kaupapa’s instructions and cards are written in both te reo Māori and English, and the game can be played either completely in te reo Māori or bilingually to suit the players. 

How many people can play Kaupapa? There is no limit to the number of players that can play Kaupapa. We recommend 6-12 players per game.

Where is Kaupapa made? Kaupapa has been designed by Kura Rēhia and made by Soar in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kaupapa are proud to support our local economy and make sustainable choices with Papatūānuku in mind. Soar are New Zealand’s most environmentally-responsible independent print company & hold carboNZero (CertTM) certification.

Developing KAUPAPA 

KAUPAPA has been developed by Kura Rēhia, working closely with Aroha Tamihana from Maimoa Creative and Hēmi Kelly. 

Whakaahua nā Aroha Tamihana / Maimoa Creative, Mataara Stokes & Zoë Frendin 

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Fia R.
New Zealand New Zealand

Really awesome game!

Such a fun game to play with family & friends. Cant wait for more game nights so we can jam some kaupapa.