Full-size Taiaha are prized around the world, especially for weapons collectors and members of Maori cultural parties abroad. This Taiaha is a particularly fine piece, with carving on the head and the base.
The New Zealand Maori Taiaha (pronounced Tie-uh-ha) is a pre-European hand-to-hand combat weapon. Warfare between tribes was commonplace, 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 in the old days).
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. On this Taiaha, the lower section is carved on both sides with Maori koru.
A Taiaha is a two-handed weapon, usually made from native hardwoods. 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 is a full-size Taiaha, measuring approximately 5 feet (152cm) in length. It is made from Kauri, so for ornamental purposes rather than combat.
SHIPPING: Shipping outside of New Zealand is by Express Courier only ( TNT), due to the length of the taiaha. Please only select the Express Courier option at Checkout, as this is the only way this long item can be shipped. Delivery time is normally about 4 working days.
ENGRAVING: If you would like to give this as a birthday present, we can engrave the person's name and birthdate on the taiaha. Please note that the taiaha is not returnable once engraved. Our engraver does a beautiful job though. Please enter the details in the 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.
As always, we do not guarantee Airmail or Courier shipping times, as they are beyond our control.
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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