This whakapakoko (carved figure) was used to warn people against trespassing on lands where they might breach rāhui – a ban against entering a place, or taking certain things, such as birds from a forest. Posts, clothing or a lock of hair were also used to let people know of a rāhui.
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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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