Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

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Whakapakoko

This whakapakoko (carved figure) was used to warn people against trespassing on lands where they might breach rāhui – a ban against entering a place, or taking certain things, such as birds from a forest. Posts, clothing or a lock of hair were also used to let people know of a rāhui.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane. 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Spiritual aspects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 14-Nov-12
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/12000/whakapakoko