Story: Traditional Māori warfare – Riri



This carved figure is of the famed Te Arawa ancestor, Houmaitawhiti. Houmaitawhiti's dog Pōtaka Tawhiti was killed by a chief, Uenuku, who had witnessed it breaching tapu. Houmaitawhiti's sons Tamatekapua and Whakatūria became involved in a number of skirmishes with Uenuku. Ultimately, this led to Tamatekapua leaving the island along with his people as captain of Te Arawa waka.

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Rotorua Museum of Art and History, Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa
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Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori warfare – Riri - Making war and making peace', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012