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Tokotoko in Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand.

A tokotoko is a traditional Māori carved ceremonial walking stick. On a marae it is a symbol of authority and status for the speaker holding it. [1]

Poets from New Zealand who win the award of New Zealand Poet Laureate are presented with a tokotoko, typically by a National Librarian of New Zealand.

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  1. "Tokotoko". South Waikato District Council. Retrieved 7 May 2018.