Story: Law of the sea
When the battleship HMS New Zealand toured New Zealand in 1913, a Māori chief presented Captain Lionel Halsey with a piupiu (flax garment) and a greenstone tiki (pendant) with instructions to wear them when the vessel was engaged in fighting. The ship did take part in three major North Sea battles during the First World War, including the battle of Jutland, but without being seriously damaged. In 2005 the piupiu was returned to the Royal New Zealand Navy by Captain Halsey’s family. Following a ceremony at the RNZN Te Taua Moana Marae, it was placed in the Naval Museum, Auckland, for safekeeping.
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