Poi tāniko is the creation of a poi made entirely of muka using the tāniko technique. Its emergence is associated with that of tourism and kapa haka of the period mentioned. Poi tāniko seem to have appeared between 1800-1900. Based on the few examples held in private and museum collections, the poi tāniko was not highly developed or refined. The technique itself is better known for its use on fine garments such as paepae roa and kaitaka where we see a much more highly developed and diverse range of design and colour. Certainly the value of a finely woven garment with tāniko borders was not only functional but was also a status symbol.