Queen & Commonwealth
 
Mere
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 37065

Mere

1963-4

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The Queen was presented with this greenstone mere entitled Kapua Wha Karito (‘Budding Cloud’) by Chief Paora Rerepu Te Urupu.

A mere is a hand club and carried in a warrior's flax belt. It is a treasured heirloom, passed from generation to generation and owned only those Chiefs of highest standing. The Chief's forebears had used the mere to fight the incoming Europeans; he hoped it would now assist in a campaign to bring Euopeans and Maoris together - facing and overcoming life's challenges and difficulties.