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Maori Artifact Recovered in Otago


Whitebaiters pull an object sticking out of the water. Their find? A seven-foot long historic taiaha.


That’s pretty cool. Cheers



Strangest looking Taiaha I ever saw. They took pride in making them and I have held many ancient ones and have never seen a crooked one yet. Shape is also wrong.
It is certainly Maori but more likely a Ko or a Pou whenua and although it’s basic shape is inclined to the latter it is still too crooked. Of course it may been made in a hurry for emergency use. If it is a taiaha then it’s the strangest I have ever seen and I used to make them - using ake ake, kanuka or manuka. It is still a great historic find but sadly after the wood has been stabilized it will go into the Otago Museum basement and will not be seen for another 200 years!


Maybe it’s just a pointed stick. Possibly made by Maori. Maybe by someone practicing.


yip id say made in a hurry , possibly for unclogging powerjet awesome find


I would say definitely a 200 to 300 year old Maori artifact but doubt if it is a taiaha. Maori artifacts actually do turn up now and again inNew Zealand! Many years ago a canoe was found at Berwick, indeed a couple have been found on the Taieri Plains.


I’m carving my very own maori artifact while reading the forums. Tomorrow I plan to bury in muddy creek to get that aged authentic look :wink: