Story: Traditional Māori warfare – Riri

Warrior with mere

These images show a warrior in various positions with a mere (club). In two of the drawings the warrior holds a puapua (protective padding). In the third drawing he defeats his opponent with a thrust to the head with the end of the mere.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-110-033-4 (left); B-110-005-1 (center); B-110-005-2 (right)
Lithograph by Augustus Koch

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori warfare – Riri - Strategies and battle terms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012