This Small Taiaha for Kids is perfect for kapa haka performances at schools, pre-schools, and at home.

The MDF taiaha has a clever print on the tongue (both sides), making it look just like the real thing.  There's fake fur instead of feathers.

Obviously it has a pointy end so you'll need to supervise your littlies when they use this, but it will be worthwhile to see them act like the kapa haka performers they look up to.

The taiaha measures approximately 43.5cm (17 1/8") long.  It comes with an information booklet, which contains the following information:

The Taiaha is the best known of the Maori weapons.  It is often mistaken for a spear, but in reality it was never made for throwing.  It varied in length from 1.2 - 1.8 metres and was typically crafted from hardwood and sometimes whalebone.  It has three main parts: the arero (tongue), used for thrusting and stabbing an opponent; the upoko (head), carved on both sides, from which the tongue protrudes; and the ate (liver) or tinana (body), a long staff with a flat bladed end which was used for striking or parrying.  The arero and upoko were often ornately carved and adorned with a tauri (collar) of bird feathers and/or dog hair.  Maori were fierce warriors who conducted most of their warfare in close quarter hand-to-hand combat.  Their range of weapons were designed for the quick thrusting and striking movements typical of this style of fighting.  They were crafted from wood, whalebone, greenstone and stone.  Young boys would begin training in the use of weapons at a very young age.  Particular attention was paid to dexterity, speed and in particular, strengthening of the wrists, because all of their weapons required quick hand movements.  War parties were usually composed of males; however females would sometimes take part.  Maori were experts in the art of ambush and surprise raids, appearing and disappearing swiftly and noiselessly into the thick New Zealand rainforest.

The taiaha is proudly made in New Zealand, and shipped worldwide.

Purchase on its own, or on a stand, or on a stand with engraved plaque.  Up to 6 words allowed for engraving.  Please note that the stand cannot be returned, unless we have got the engraving wrong, which is unlikely.  Allow 3-5 days for engraving to be done.


Shipping Times during Covid-19

The shipping times below are indicative at the best of times, but this Covid-19 period is pretty much the worst of times, isn't it.
Currently (June 2020), Airmail to Australia and the USA is taking about 5 weeks, and Airmail to the UK and Europe is taking 6-7 weeks.  As time goes on, shipping times are lengthening.  We think that as countries open up and people can go back to shopping from physical stores, and postal services can go back to full employment, these shipping times will improve.
Hang in there, your mail and parcel shippers are doing the best they can under trying circumstances, and you will eventually receive your parcel.  Expect delays, then when your parcel arrives the wait will be over, and worth it. ~Lesley~

Approximate Shipping Times (working days)
USACanadaUKAustraliaEuropeRest of World
Airmail10 - 14147 to 147 to 157 to 1414 plus
Economy Courier5-75-75-74-57 to 1014 plus
Express Courier3-53-53-52-44-54 plus


PLEASE NOTE: These are indicative shipping times and we accept no responsibility for the actions of mail carriers.  Also, these shipping times extend out from late November to early January, something beyond our control and due to high mail volumes at Christmastime.

Economy Courier is available to: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, UK, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

PO Box delivery is available in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Netherlands, Samoa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, Uruguay, USA and Vanuatu.

New Zealand Courier shipping times:
Allow one day to process your order, then:
North Island - 1 day
South Island - 2 days
Rural - add 1-2 days

If an item is out of stock, allow 3-4 working days for re-stocking.

Again, these courier shipping times are indicative only, since they are beyond our control.

We ship to all countries in the world. If an order is urgent you are encouraged to email us before you order, advising the date it is needed by. We will contact you back to tell you whether or not we expect to be able to get it there by that date. We will give you our honest opinion but will not take responsibility for orders not arriving by required dates.



International Air Post
Orders to destinations outside New Zealand are shipped by priority International Air Post, which we find very reliable. The average delivery time is 7-14 working days, depending on destination, but there are exceptions. South America has a long shipping time, approximately 4-6 weeks by airmail, and Italy and Spain can take a month.  Please remember, once your parcel leaves our hands, we are not responsible for shipping times, which are beyond our control.

NB: Postal shipping times extend out at Christmastime so we recommend ordering Christmas gifts by the end of November, or choosing a Courier option if ordering during December.  Because shipping times are beyond our control, we take no responsibility for shipping times to any country.


FREE AIRMAIL SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $195 (NZ$195, AU$195, US$195, GBP115, and 145Euros) that do not include food or drink :  Shipping is airmail (not insured) and is one shipping per order i.e. we cannot ship one order to multiple countries.  If your parcel includes food or drink, including tea, coffee, herbs, etc, it cannot be shipped free of charge, and you must select another freight option.

Tracked Airmail
This service from NZ Post, for airmail parcels to the UK, USA and Australia, is for weights up to 2kg.  Your parcel is scanned when it leaves New Zealand, when it arrives overseas, and when it is delivered.


International Express Courier
If you want the security of Track and Trace and a speedy delivery, the International Express Courier option is for you.  Targeted delivery time is 3-5 working days for most locations.  Delivery not available to Post Office boxes, and a card will be left to pick up from DHL if you are not home when they call.  The international carrier is DHL (or TNT in the case of taiaha).


International Economy Courier
Targeted delivery time is 2-6 working days, it's a door-to-door service, and is available to the following locations:  Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, USA, Ireland, and UK.   Delivery CAN be to a post office box, and a parcel can be left at the doorstep.  The international carriers are DHL or TNT.


Insurance is provided FREE on parcels up to the value of US$100. Above that level, insurance is only available when using the Economy Courier or Express Courier shipping options.


You may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied to the purchaser or recipient once the package reaches the destination. From experience, this is particularly so in Canada, the UK and Europe. We have no control over these charges and cannot predict which customers or shipments will be subject to the charges. We therefore accept no responsibility for any duties or taxes charged and we will not alter our documentation in order to defraud these agencies.


We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, let us know! In most cases we can arrange for an exchange or a refund of the purchase price. Click here for more information on our 365-day Money Back Guarantee. If the item has been damaged in transit, we need to know within 7 days of receipt.  We will get New Zealand Post to contact you regarding making a claim for the damage.

If you wish to organise a return, please contact us here, detailing your order number, item to be returned, and reason why. If you believe the item to be faulty, we reserve the right to check the item ourselves before issuing a full refund, so in most cases you must return it, and we ask that you return it by the cheapest airmail option.  If we also find it to be faulty, we will also refund you the return shipping.

Please note that if you have purchased a large quantity of an item or items and then want to return them, we will not pay any GST or import charges for their return.

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