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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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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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Cloak

A cloak, korowai, with rolled flax fibre tassels and wool detail on the borders. Cloaks are prestigious in Maori culture. This one has rolled paru muka hukahuka, or black processed...

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Purse

An example of a Maori purse (kete muka) made from processed flax fibre. They are still produced today but are mainly used as wall hangings. If purses are...

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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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Cloak

Maori garments are referred to as kākahu and has been made from natural fibres and dyes including the harakeke flax plant. This hand-made cloak (pihepihe) consists of cylindrical tags...

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