Story: Mau rākau – Māori use of weaponry

Using taiaha in wero

Using taiaha in wero

Leaping high with his taiaha (fighting staff) held in an outstretched arm, Joshua Wikiriwhi-Heta confronts Attorney General Christopher Finlayson and a party of government officials at Puatahi Marae, Warkworth, in 2010. The wero is a customary challenge given to distinguished visitors as they enter a marae. In the 21st century it is one of the situations in which traditional weapons such as the taiaha are still used.

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Rangi Matamua, 'Mau rākau – Māori use of weaponry - Māori weaponry in the 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39772/using-taiaha-in-wero (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Rangi Matamua, published 5 Sep 2013