circa 1875:  A Maori villager.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1875: A Maori villager. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Maori warriors were fierce, undaunted warriors. With their guerrilla tactics and their typical close-combat, carved weapons they were masters in surprise attacks and ambushing.    The native weapons of the Maori can be divided into four classes:    Short striking weapons – Hand Clubs    Long Striking weapons-Long clubs.    Thrusting weapons – spears    Projectile weapons

Maori warriors were fierce, undaunted warriors. With their guerrilla tactics and their typical close-combat, carved weapons they were masters in surprise attacks and ambushing. The native weapons of the Maori can be divided into four classes: Short striking weapons – Hand Clubs Long Striking weapons-Long clubs. Thrusting weapons – spears Projectile weapons

The stone toki is an adze and were of many sizes. Toki whawhao pu, is usually a small toki made of greenstone, and is lashed to a handle highly ornamented with carving. Such toki were carried by influential persons and would be held in the right hand, as a patu or mere is, while delivering a speech. Toki were used not only for dressing timber and other domestic works, but also as weapons of war, being generally used to despatch a foe who has fallen to spear or club.

The stone toki is an adze and were of many sizes. Toki whawhao pu, is usually a small toki made of greenstone, and is lashed to a handle highly ornamented with carving. Such toki were carried by influential persons and would be held in the right hand, as a patu or mere is, while delivering a speech. Toki were used not only for dressing timber and other domestic works, but also as weapons of war, being generally used to despatch a foe who has fallen to spear or club.

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.

Mata-kautete or Maripi tuatini:      Maori shark-tooth knife.    Very rare short, saw-like Maori weapons made by fastening sharks’ teeth to a wooden haft.

Mata-kautete or Maripi tuatini: Maori shark-tooth knife. Very rare short, saw-like Maori weapons made by fastening sharks’ teeth to a wooden haft.

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.

Prow from a war canoe (tuere).  Maori, 18th century AD  From North Auckland, New Zealand, Polynesia    This is the central panel of the prow of a war canoe. It is considered to be the best surviving example of the type known as tuere, with a separate splash-board and a triangular base fitted on to the central panel.

Prow from a war canoe (tuere). Maori, 18th century AD From North Auckland, New Zealand, Polynesia This is the central panel of the prow of a war canoe. It is considered to be the best surviving example of the type known as tuere, with a separate splash-board and a triangular base fitted on to the central panel.

Maori war canoe depicted by Sydney Parkinson about April 1770

Maori war canoe depicted by Sydney Parkinson about April 1770

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