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Staff

In Maori tradition, the tokotoko is a symbol of authority and the status of a speaker on the Marae (or meeting place). This is an unusual item as it doesn’t...

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Taurapa

Canoes have sacred associations since they carried the Maori to Aotearoa. Sternposts (taurapa) are located at the rear of a canoe. At the top of this carving we...

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Patiti

This short-handled hatchet (patiti) was fashioned from whalebone and iron. It is an example of the trade the Maori had with visiting Europeans and iron as a resource quickly...

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Club

Wooden Hand-Clubs, Patu The patu was a short teardrop-shaped hand-club, and was in many ways the definitive one-handed weapon of the Maori warrior. During the later 18th and earlier 19th century,...

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Club

Greywacke Hand-Clubs, Patu Onewa The patu onewa is often considered a hand-club of secondary interest due to the remarkable colour and patterning of the greenstone clubs. However, its painstaking grinding out...

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Matau

Marine life was integral to people’s diet. Prior to European contact, the Maori relied on natural materials to make fishhooks. Shell, bone (sometimes human), ivory, wood and stone were used...

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Spear club

Taiaha The taiaha is the Maori version of the spear club. Early examples are short and plain with no carving, while later examples are much longer and entirely covered with...

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Club

Wooden Hand-Clubs, Patu The patu was a short teardrop-shaped hand-club, and was in many ways the definitive one-handed weapon of the Maori warrior. During the later 18th and earlier 19th century,...

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Matau

Marine life was integral to people’s diet. Prior to European contact, the Maori relied on natural materials to make fishhooks. Shell, bone (sometimes human), ivory, wood and stone were used...

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Ear ornament

This is a small but highly prized ornament (kuru) made of jade (pounamu). Pounamu has many legends associated with its various forms but is usually said to be a...

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