Maori Chieftain holding a Mere (patu or club) New Zealand (Polynesia), n.d.

Māori Chieftan holding a Mere (Patu or Short club), New Zealand (Polynesia), n.

Maori man - Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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Maori paddles from Captain Cook's first voyage 1769

inland-delta: “ Maori paddles from Captain Cook’s first voyage, 1769 ”

In New Zealand, however, tiki is usually applied to the human figure carved in greenstone as a neck ornament. The full name is hei-tiki.

In New Zealand, however, tiki is usually applied to the human figure carved in greenstone as a neck ornament. The full name is hei-tiki.

Hei tiki

Eight tiki, a prized neck pendant, fashioned from nephrite

The early historian and ethnologist Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikāheke drew this puhoro tattoo pattern in about 1850, while working as a cultural adviser to Governor George Grey. The puhoro is tattooed on the thighs.

The early historian and ethnologist Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikāheke drew this puhoro tattoo pattern in about while working as a cultural adviser to Governor George Grey. The puhoro is tattooed on the thighs.

A collection of intricate and beautiful floor mats woven for Te Rauru meeting house at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, are seen in this photo from about 1898. In front are some of the Te Arawa women who wove the mats.

A collection of intricate and beautiful floor mats woven for Te Rauru meeting house at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, are seen in this photo from about In front are some of the Te Arawa women who wove the mats.

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