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.
The Taiaha is a traditional close combat, hand held Maori Weapon carved in the form of an ancestor. In Maori Weapons the tongue represents oratory skills, the eyes to keep alert, and the feathers adorn the head to distract opponents. The Taiaha is a very special Maori Carving and a treasure that is passed down from generation to generation.