“My taiaha heals me and guides me through this world.”

Like many aspects of te ao Māori, mau rākau was threatened and almost lost as a result of colonisation.

Despite a turbulent history, the art form is well and truly alive today and practiced by many across Aotearoa.

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho.

Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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