When Rahitutakahina finds the love of his life, Tiarakurapakewai, is kidnapped he is furious… but is he worried? Ehara! After all, he is Rahitutakahina - the toughest, coolest, awesomest, bestest warrior of the village - and will rescue her easy as…

Come on a journey through time with us as Te Pou Theatre brings to life the whakapapa Ki-o-Rahi.  Filled with spells, atua, giant birds, taniwha and flying teeth we retell the legend of Rahi and Tiara in a playful, imaginative way. We see Tiara and her adventures as a captor of a broken-hearted tohunga and the harrowing journey of Rahi to find his love, move past his pride and together unite the villages forevermore.

Te Mahi ā Rahi is an interactive 40 minute te reo Māori / Bi-lingual theatre show for tamariki and whānau. Playwright Tainui Tukiwaho (Te Haerenga o Hoiho, BLACK TIES) brings his imagination to the traditional tale of Rahi in a re-telling that leans away from paternalistic hero journey while still communicating the key moments of the legend.  In Te Mahi ā Rahi, as in the game Ki-o-Rahi, all genders play their part, the brain is just as important as brawn and team-work wins over the individual glory.

Ki-o-Rahi is an exciting and unique game to Aotearoa that is more than just a sport - it is a celebration of our tupuna, a celebration of te ao Māori.  Te Pou Theatre is proud to present this Kaupapa that seeks to grow the use of te reo Māori among all tamariki and share mātauranga Māori through fun-filled performing arts.

On Sat 17 July, Te Pou Theatre has joined with Kī-o-Rahi Tāmaki Makaurau to offer families the opportunity to learn more about Kī-o-Rahi and have a try at the game following their shows.

  • Following 10am performance: skill building exercises for ages 3 - 7

Weather permitting. This is part of the ticket price. 

Please note - some performances may be filmed and/or photographed.

Kaituhi + Ringatohu: Tainui Tukiwaho.

Kaihanga / Kaiwhakaari: Acacia O’Connor, Ngāhiriwa Rauhina,

Te Arohanui Way-Korewha, Tuakoi Ohia, Tahuaroa Ohia, Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana



Wed 14 July, 1pm

Fri 16 & Sat 17 July, 10am & 1pm

Recommended for ages 3 - 9


$5 - $10

via iTicket or on the door



Give your tamariki the chance to tell the story of Rahi in their own way though adding their colourful flair to our image above. 

Winners receive a whānau pass to the Te Mahi Ā Rahi at Te Pou Theatre and their artwork shared with the community. 

To Enter: 

Take a pictue of your childs drawing and post to instagram tagging @tepoutheatre or 

Send a photo through to


Include their name and age


Winners drawn Friday 9 July




Ngā mihi nui to our funders:

Te Mātāwai.jpg