Modern New Zealand proud of its heritage and lively Maori culture.

Modern New Zealand proud of its heritage and lively Maori culture.

Takahanga Marae, Maori carvings in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Takahanga Marae, Maori carvings in Kaikoura, New Zealand

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.

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