Story: Traditional Māori warfare – Riri

Artefacts including weapons

Artefacts including weapons

This display of artefacts includes a number of hand weapons including mere pounamu (greenstone club), kotiate (club shaped like a split liver), patu paraoa (whalebone club) and patu onewa (stone club).

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Alexander Turnbull Library, H. N. Whitehead Collection (PAColl-3068)
Reference: 1/1-004708-G
Photograph by Henry Norford Whitehead

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori warfare – Riri - Rākau Māori – Māori weapons and their uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 February 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012