Story: Musket wars

Haka with muskets

Haka with muskets

This watercolour by Joseph Merrett was made around 1845. It shows a haka where some warriors hold traditional weapons – the mere pounamu (greenstone club) and taiaha (fighting staff) – and others hold contemporary weapons – the pātītī (hatchet) and pū (musket).

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Watercolour by Joseph Merrett

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Basil Keane, 'Musket wars - Acquisition and use of muskets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012