Story: Mau rākau – Māori use of weaponry

Pita Sharples, mau taiaha expert

Dr Pita Sharples of Ngāti Kahungunu is one of the central figures in the modern revival of the use of the taiaha (fighting staff). In this extract from a 1997 television documentary, he is seen directing the first graduates from his school of traditional weaponry, and explaining how taiaha training can restore pride and confidence to young Māori.

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Rangi Matamua, 'Mau rākau – Māori use of weaponry - Māori weaponry in the 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/39770/pita-sharples-mau-taiaha-expert (accessed 24 May 2019)

Story by Rangi Matamua, published 5 Sep 2013