Based on the Purakau (legend) of Rahitutakahina and the rescue of his wife Tiarakurapakewai. The tākaro is a reflection of Tupuna storytelling at its best, as well as provides an insight into the way in which they would explain and design Tākaro to reflect their unique “worldview”. The Papa Tākaro (field) layout of Ki o Rahi and the way the Tākaro is played is a perfect example of this.
The game of Ki o Rahi stems from the legend of Rahitutakahina and Tiarakurapakewai. It’s essential that when learning the game that the purakau or legend is also learnt.
Not many sports have legends as to how they were created, so this makes the game of Ki o Rahi unique. The legend demonstrates that sport is much more than a game. It is a tribute to our ancestors, our reo and our Māori culture.