Story: Mau rākau – Māori use of weaponry

One-handed weapons: wahaika parāoa (1st of 2)

One-handed weapons: wahaika parāoa

The wahaika parāoa is a whalebone club used in close-quarters combat. The concave point on one side of the blade and the notch on the other each have specific functions. This example has a human figure carved above the hand grip.

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Rangi Matamua, 'Mau rākau – Māori use of weaponry - Using traditional weapons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/39767/one-handed-weapons-wahaika-paraoa (accessed 18 November 2018)

Story by Rangi Matamua, published 5 Sep 2013