Story: Conifers

Fighting with a double-pointed spear

Fighting with a double-pointed spear

Māori carved the wood of tānekaha into fighting spears, especially the koikoi (double-pointed spear). The wood is strong, durable, and very elastic.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-110-010-2
Lithograph by Augustus Koch

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - Celery pines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/12686/fighting-with-a-double-pointed-spear (accessed 7 July 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007