Story: Inventions, patents and trademarks

Pātītī (2nd of 2)


As European goods began to arrive in New Zealand, Māori adapted them for new purposes. This pātītī is a hatchet-type weapon made by fixing the iron head of a whaling harpoon to a carved wooden handle.

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Mark Derby, 'Inventions, patents and trademarks - The ‘no. 8 wire’ tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Feb 2015