Ko Kī-o-rahi tā tātou kēmu taketake, ā, i tākarohia tēnei kēmu i mua noa atu i tō Tauiwi taenga mai ki Aotearoa. Kua horapa haere te tākarohia o tēnei kēmu i ngā kura puta noa i Aotearoa, me ētahi atu whenua pērā i Amerika me Ingarangi.
I te kēmu nei, ka rua ngā tīma, ā, tokowaru ngā kaitākaro o tēnā tīma, o tēnā tīma. Ko te whāinga matua o te kēmu, ko te hahau i te keo o waenganui e kīia nei ko te ‘tupu’. Ka wāwāhia te papa kia rua ngā rohenga he porowhita te āhua, ā, e taea ana tēnei kēmu te tākaro hei kēmu pā, hei kēmu kore-pā rānei. He kēmu tere tēnei , ka mutu, me kakama te whiu o te ‘kī’. Kātahi te kēmu pārekareka!
I te wā o te Pakanga Tuarua o te Ao i kaha ngā hōia Māori, ina koa ngā hōia o Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū, ki te tākaro i te Kī-o-rahi i whenua kē. Nā konei ka horapa haere tēnei kēmu, ā, he mea tākaro te kēmu nei, tētahi tūmomo rānei o te kēmu, e ngā Pākehā i Ūropi.
Arā tētāhi pūrākau autaia i oroko mai ai te kēmu Kī-o-rahi me mōhio te tangata i mua i te tākaro. Mēnā e hiahia ana koe ki te pānui i te pūrākau, tēnā, pāwhiria te hononga nei.
He kēmu taketake te Kī-o-rahi me tiaki e tātou. Mēnā kāore anō koe kia tākaro i te kēmu nei, tonoa rā te kēmu nei ki tō kaiako hei kēmu mā te karaehe, whakarōpūtia rānei ō hoa ka tākaro ai!
Karawhiua, e hoa mā!
Kī-o-rahi is our traditional game, that has been around since well before European arrival in Aotearoa. It has gained traction over the years throughout schools across Aotearoa as well as overseas in countries such as America and England.
In this game, there are two teams, with eight players per team. The objective of the game is to hit the central target or the ‘tupu’. The field is split into circular zones and can be played as both a contact or non-contact sport. It is a fast-paced game that involves swift passing of the ball or the ‘kī’ and is a lot of fun!
During the second world war, many Māori soldiers, particularly from the 28th Māori battalion, played Kī-o-rahi on foreign soil. This resulted in it gaining popularity and many Europeans adopting the game, or variations of the game.
There is an awesome pūrākau from which Kī-o-rahi originated, which is important to know before playing. If you want to read more about the pūrākau, click here….
Kī-o-rahi is a traditional game that should be preserved. If you haven’t played it yet, suggest it to your kaiako as a class game or get a group of mates and give it a go!
Karawhiua, e hoa mā!