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Rotarua.  Mom was here during WW II and I remember her talking about this.

Rotarua. Mom was here during WW II and I remember her talking about this.

Lake Tekapo. Statue of a Border Collie. This is to commemorate the part the Border Collie played in sheep mustering in the pioneering days of the McKenzie district.

Lake Tekapo. Statue of a Border Collie. This is to commemorate the part the Border Collie played in sheep mustering in the pioneering days of the McKenzie district.

Clay cliffs at Omarama.

Clay cliffs at Omarama.

Close+combat+Māori+fighting+club.+Black+Maire+prized+for+its+hardwood+properties+and+is+now+only+found+in+small+areas+of+New+Zealand's+north+island.

Close+combat+Māori+fighting+club.+Black+Maire+prized+for+its+hardwood+properties+and+is+now+only+found+in+small+areas+of+New+Zealand's+north+island.

Swirl Necklace - Jade Maori Necklace - Sterling Silver. $85.00, via Etsy.

Swirl Necklace - Jade Maori Necklace - Sterling Silver. $85.00, via Etsy.

Before the Europeans set foot in New Zealand warfare between Maori tribes was commonplace. From a young age male members of Maori tribes were educated in warfare and combat tactics.   Later on the British colonial troops would find out how fierce and powerful these experts in guerilla warfare were. Typical Maori weapons are the maripu, patu and taiaha.   On the photo a taiaha with greenstone jade spear point resembling the ever reoccurring tongue. This taiaha has a wood carving on the base.

Before the Europeans set foot in New Zealand warfare between Maori tribes was commonplace. From a young age male members of Maori tribes were educated in warfare and combat tactics. Later on the British colonial troops would find out how fierce and powerful these experts in guerilla warfare were. Typical Maori weapons are the maripu, patu and taiaha. On the photo a taiaha with greenstone jade spear point resembling the ever reoccurring tongue. This taiaha has a wood carving on the base.

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