Story: Traditional Māori warfare – Riri



The taiaha consists of the tinana (body), an upoko (head) and an arero (tongue) which comes out of the head. This beautiful taiaha is adorned with a collar of kākā feathers and hair from a kurī (Polynesian dog). The purpose of the collar was both to add to the beauty of the weapon and to distract the wielder's opponent during battle.

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Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori warfare – Riri - Rākau Māori – Māori weapons and their uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012