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Mau rākau

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Mau rākau

Mau rākau
Focus Weaponry
Country of origin New Zealand
Creator Various
Famous practitioners Cliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison
Olympic sport No

Mau rākau, meaning "to bear a weapon", is a martial art based on traditional Māori weapons.


  • Weapons 1
  • Mythology 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4


Taiaha - 'fourth position'

Mau rākau is a general term referring to the skilled use of weapons. It is said that the use of weapons was taught in the Whare-tū-taua (House or school of war). The term Mau taiaha is used to refer to the use of the taiaha and does not necessarily include other weapons.

Regular schools are held on Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua to teach the use of the taiaha. [1]

Other Māori weapons:


A man holding a tao

It is said weapons including the taiaha and patu were handed down by Tāne, god of the forest and , god of war, the two sons of Rangi-nui and Papatuanuku. The Whare-tū-taua (House of war) is a term which covers the basics of educating young toa (warriors) in the arts of war.

External links

  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority Mau Rākau assessment guides


  1. ^ A bit of Hollywood in Rotorua tikanga programme
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