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Waka huia

Waka huia

A waka huia is a treasure box, which was used by Māori to hold precious adornments such as hei tiki (pendants) and huia feathers for dressing the hair. Although Māori had a subsistence economy, they had enough time and resources to produce purely ornamental objects such as this.

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Early Māori economies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010