Ki-O-Rahi is a Maori tradition game that is popular not only in New Zealand but also known in other countries, like Europe and France. Ki-O-Rahi was created by The Legend of Rahi and Patupaiarehe. Patupaiarehe Rahi’s wife was abducted and was taken far into the woods, Rahi’s mission was to find her, and when he did, Rahi as well as the tribe that abducted Patupaiarehe, created the game Ki-O-Rahi instead of going to war. This game, is an on going game and is still around right to this very, both adults and children to play the game.
In the game of Ki-O-Rahi there a seven player on each team. Two types there non-tackle with tags as well as tackle. The game is played on a field a circular field with no outs, the main purpose of the game is to hit the Goal, more like the tetupu and to defend it by blocking the other team from hitting the tetupu. Ki-O-Rahi isn’t like any other game, there is no positions, but rules and, no more than five people can enter the circle, where you can hit the te tupu. Adults play tackle in competitions, but children play with tags.
The game Ki-O-Rahi is behind a legend. It is a story from back in the days. You could tell that the words used Ki-O-Rahi are connected to the story. Patupairehe stealing Rahi’s wife Tiarakurapakiwai, then Rahi trys to save her, is what the stories about. As soon as Rahi rescued his wife they decided to make peace, and there way of making peace was to come up with this game. In the game there are 7 cones surrounding the area they are called Pou’s which represents the 7 stars of Matariki. Te Tupu represents the rock where Rahi was trapped and Ara represents the pathway of the silver ferns.