This is one of the original poles erected in the community, it represents both the fighting staff used in battle, and the fighting spirit of early Māori villages, tribes and peoples, and also today's modern Māori.
The fighting staff represented here is a pouwhenua, which is a weapon that is very large and heavy, and has a big, broad blade. The pouwhenua is from the same class of weapon as others such as the the tewhatewha and taiaha, which was designed for parrying, stabbing and striking. In the hands of a professional, weapons like the pouwhenua were lethally effective and could bring death with a single strike delivered at lightning speed.
|Location||Corner of Rosebery and Swanston Streets|
|Materials||Pine, Set in ground|
|Definition of Name||Pouwhenua - A long weapon - usually of wood and similar to Taiaha but with a smooth point instead of the carved arero.|
|Definition Interpretation||A weapon used as part of defence of ones village and by extension to its culture and people.|