New Zealand | Harawira Te Mahikai, chief of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, wearing his cloak and holding his taiaha or challenge stick.  Portrait by NZ Lindauer, photographed by Gladys Goodall ~ scanned postcard

New Zealand | Harawira Te Mahikai, chief of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, wearing his cloak and holding his taiaha or challenge stick. Portrait by NZ Lindauer, photographed by Gladys Goodall ~ scanned postcard

Ella Verbenne & Yasmin Bidois by David K. Shields for Stil Magazine:  white feathers and snake necklace...

Ella Verbenne & Yasmin Bidois by David K. Shields for Stil Magazine

Ella Verbenne & Yasmin Bidois by David K. Shields for Stil Magazine: white feathers and snake necklace.

A RARE MAORI TAIAHA   18TH/19TH CENTURY   Of one piece of hardwood, comprising long flat blade (ate) widening towards the tip, and carved head (upoko) with short carved tongue (arero)  60½in (153.7cm) overall

A RARE MAORI TAIAHA CENTURY Of one piece of hardwood, comprising long flat blade (ate) widening towards the tip, and carved head (upoko) with short carved tongue (arero) overall

Taiaha, traditional Maori weapon

Kiwi gifts handmade in NZ Taiaha, traditional Maori weapon : Traditional Maori wood carving, handcrafted by Evan Sanders Taiaha (long weapon) handcarved in rimu with paua inlay Size: 1300 mm x 60 mm x 25 mm

Te Arawa women with mats woven for Rauru meeting house at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

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.

Mere Awhitu wife of King’s son Pulman Studio (Active 1867 – 1900) Albumen photograph Circa 1880 Size: 15 x 10.5 cm.

Mere Awhitu wife of King’s son Pulman Studio (Active 1867 – Albumen photograph Circa 1880 Size: 15 x cm.

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The most powerful gift to give a chief. Taiaha A Nuku

Taiaha

Taiaha

19th C. Maori Taiaha 	  A very fine original example of a 19th C. Maori Chief's taiaha war club fighting staff. This example is in very fine condition with paua abalone shell eyes and very fine carving. It even retains the orginal parrot feathers held on by some kind of organic material dating it to the 19th C.

19th C. Maori Taiaha A very fine original example of a 19th C. Maori Chief's taiaha war club fighting staff. This example is in very fine condition with paua abalone shell eyes and very fine carving. It even retains the orginal parrot feathers held on by some kind of organic material dating it to the 19th C.

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