Ngā Taonga Pūoro

Traditional Māori musical instruments


“Hirini Melbourne’s interest in traditional instruments had initially been stirred by looking at old instruments lying silent in their museum cases. He mused sadly on their lonleliness. What were the sounds they created? What stories were told about them? And would their music be heard by the coming generations? He set about finding the answers to those questions…” Brian Flintoff, Taonga Pūoro.

The instruments shown on this website are those of Richard Nunns, new instruments, many created by Brian Flintoff.

To find out more or to make instruments yourself, read the book Taonga Pūoro written by master carver and Māori instrument maker Brian Flintoff. More about the book. It can be purchased from Potton & BurtonAmazon.