Taiaha: This was a favourite weapon in the old fighting days, and warriors were trained until they became remarkably proficient in its use. When a man armed with a taiaha wished to take advantage of an enemy, he would advance with his weapon at the trail (to), the blade (rau) at the rear and lowered close to the earth. When near enough to strike, the rau would be quickly raised and the blow delivered.

Taiaha: This was a favourite weapon in the old fighting days, and warriors were trained until they became remarkably proficient in its use. When a man armed with a taiaha wished to take advantage of an enemy, he would advance with his weapon at the trail (to), the blade (rau) at the rear and lowered close to the earth. When near enough to strike, the rau would be quickly raised and the blow delivered.

Nephrite clubs (mere pounamu). Maori, possibly 18th or 19th century AD From New Zealand. Maori weapons, and short clubs (mere) in particular, were made in several forms ideal for close range fighting.

Nephrite clubs (mere pounamu). Maori, possibly 18th or 19th century AD From New Zealand. Maori weapons, and short clubs (mere) in particular, were made in several forms ideal for close range fighting.

Traditional Maori Green Jade Patu Mere Sculpture : Mountain Jade New Zealand

Traditional Maori Green Jade Patu Mere Sculpture : Mountain Jade New Zealand

Maori weapon called a 'Mere' a flat War Club made of Jade.

Maori weapon called a 'Mere' a flat War Club made of Jade.

Tamaora Walker Kura Gallery Maori Art Design Aotearoa New Zealand Carving Pounamu Greenstone Te Ara Mauriora Pounamu Wahaika on base

Tamaora Walker Kura Gallery Maori Art Design Aotearoa New Zealand Carving Pounamu Greenstone Te Ara Mauriora Pounamu Wahaika on base

Full sized carved stone Maori Wahaika War Club with bone inlays

Full sized carved stone Maori Wahaika War Club with bone inlays

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