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Long staff (taiaha), Maori people, Honolulu Museum of Art, 207.1.jpg
Weapon type: Striking weapon, throwing weapon
Designations: Hani
Use: Weapon, traditional weapon
Working time: til today
Region of origin /
New Zealand , Māori
Distribution: New Zealand
Overall length: approx. 150 cm to 180 cm
Handle: Wood
Particularities: A jade blade is used in some versions .
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Two Māori demonstrate the fight with Taiaha

The Taiaha (also called Hani ) is the club and spear of the New Zealand natives, the Māori .


The Taiaha was developed by the Māori as a close combat weapon . The use of Mau rākau , the Moral martial arts, is taught.


The Taiaha consists entirely of hardwood and is divided into three parts: arero (striking head) with the upoko (head, butt tip ) and the tinana or ate . The shaft (handle) is round in cross section. At one end it has a spear-shaped blade ( arero ) and at the other end a broad striking head ( ate , tinana ). The spearhead is made of wood and decorated.

The head end becomes flat from the round center and wider towards the end. This end is cut off smoothly and resembles a boat paddle. This end is used for punching, the other for stabbing. The flat flip side and the tip or tongue ( arero ) are elaborately decorated with carvings, as an ornamental deposits (for eyes) are occasionally the New Zealand abalone snail paua ( Haliotis iris ). A wreath of hair is attached below the tip.

The length of the Taiaha is about 150 cm (rarely longer). There are isolated variants in which a jade spearhead was used.

The coat of arms of New Zealand , introduced in 1956, shows a Māori with a Taiaha.

See also


Web links

Commons : Taiahas  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ John White: The Ancient History of the Maori. Didsbury, Wellington 1887 ff.