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 the sport is much more than a game.  It is a tribute to our ancestors, our reo and our Māori culture.

Please check out the different recounts of the legend by clicking on the following links:

This is a beautiful version of the legend, that everyone needs to read.

Te Papa Taakaro o Te Arawa Legend

Sport Waitakere He Oranga Poutama Legend