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Carved Maori Taiaha

The New Zealand Maori Taiaha (pronounced Tie-uh-ha) is a pre-European hand-to-hand combat weapon. Warfare between tribes was common place, and several different weapons were used before the Europeans arrived with their muskets.

Despite looking like a spear, the Taiaha is more accurately described as a pointed staff. The pointed end is a carved head, with paua shell eyes and an extended, defiant tongue. Just like the traditional Taiaha, this authentic replica Taiaha is carved the same on both sides. Feathers decorate the shaft just below the head (dogs hair was also used).

The middle section of the Taiaha, the shaft, is usually slightly oval, as in this example. The lower section is flattened, and it is this portion that was used as a striking blade.

The Taiaha is a two-handed weapon, usually made from native hardwoods. (As the supply of these timbers is diminishing, this replica is made from South Island Pine). The pointed end would sometimes be used to poke at the opponent, then when the moment was right, the Taiaha would be reversed and the blade used to crack the opponent's skull. It was held in both hands and used both to strike and to parry blows. Maori were highly skilled with their weapons and in their tactics, with each tribe teaching their boys warfare skills from a young age.

This replica Taiaha is shorter than the traditional Taiaha, as a longer length is more expensive to ship. Taiaha were on average about 60 "long - this one is just under 36" (91cm) long.

A great addition to a Maori or weapons collection, or a memento of a holiday in New Zealand, or gift to a young warrior.

ENGRAVING: We are happy to get the taiaha engraved for you. Please note that once engraved, the taiaha cannot be returned (except in the unlikely event the engraving is wrong). Choose up to 5 words and enter them in the Options box above.


Shipping Times during Covid-19

Currently (January 2021), Airmail to Australia and the USA is taking about 5 weeks, and Airmail to the UK and Europe is taking 6-7 weeks. Airmail to South America is at least 8 weeks, and allow up to 12 weeks.
Economy Courier and Express Courier are up to 10 working days worldwide.
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Courier shipping times within New Zealand are approximately one working day to the North Island, 2 working days to the South Island (with an overnight option available at a different price), and up to 3 days to rural areas.


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