As well as the usual sports activities, such as touch, volleyball netball and rugby, included in the programme is euchre, an iwi quiz, chess, petanque, squash, basketball, table tennis and this year included 'Māori Idol'.
Between 3000 and 8000 attend the challenge held over two days. Twenty three marae registered this year.
It was particularly special this time in that Tutetawha Marae used the opportunity to draw attention to the need for Māori to be checked for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer, to talk about suicide prevention and to advocate against family violence.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Trust through Kia Te Ora was there to support this important kaupapa. "The blue, pink, yellow and white ribbons and balloons and Marae supporters wearing the colours certainly had a presence at the event. It was a great two days." says Ms Bella Moke, General Manager for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao.