Usually fashioned from the jawbone of a sperm whale. Hoeroa average between 1.5 and 1.8 m in length and 5 to 8 cm in width. Curved profile. Top often finely carved, with some examples also having a small amount of carving halfway down their length. On special occassions they were sometimes adorned with feathers and awe (tufts of dog hair)
|Alternative Terms||huri-taniwha, paraoa-roa, tatu-paraoa, tata paräoa, paräoa roa|
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- 'Riri – traditional Maori warfare - Rakau Maori – Maori weapons and their uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
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