Before the Europeans set foot in New Zealand warfare between Maori tribes was commonplace. From a young age male members of Maori tribes were educated in warfare and combat tactics. Later on the British colonial troops would find out how fierce and powerful these experts in guerilla warfare were. Typical Maori weapons are the maripu, patu and taiaha. On the photo a taiaha with greenstone jade spear point resembling the ever reoccurring tongue. This taiaha has a wood carving on the base.