Story: Riri – traditional Māori warfare

Taiaha

Taiaha

The taiaha consists of the tinana (body), an upoko (head) and an arero (tongue) which comes out of the head. This beautiful taiaha is adorned with a collar of kākā feathers and hair from a kurī (Polynesian dog). The purpose of the collar was both to add to the beauty of the weapon and to distract the wielder's opponent during battle.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: ME000020

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane. 'Riri – traditional Māori warfare - Rākau Māori – Māori weapons and their uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 26-Nov-13
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/37086/taiaha