Story: Riri - traditional Māori warfare

Toki poutangata

Toki poutangata

This is a toki poutangata or ceremonial adze. It was held by a rangatira and was a symbol of chiefly authority. While it mainly had a ceremonial function, it could also be used as a weapon.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Riri - traditional Māori warfare - Rākau Māori – Māori weapons and their uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012