Dayna Berghan-Whyman

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Dayna Berghan-Whyman is a medieval fighter from New Zealand. She is New Zealand Māori, of Ngati Kahu iwi. She has represented New Zealand at the International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships twice, in 2017 and 2018.[1][2]


While Berghan-Whyman was a student at Victoria University of Wellington she studied Old English literature and developed an interest in the Middle Ages. She joined a medieval re-enactment society and later began training in medieval combat.[1] She started fighting competitively in 2001.[3][4]

In 2017 Berghan-Whyman travelled to Denmark to represent New Zealand at the International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships; in 2018 she travelled to Scotland for the same event and was placed fifth.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b Wellington, Victoria University of (2017-10-27). "From Beowulf to battle". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Upper Hutt woman duels her way to top level of medieval fighting". Stuff. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Upper Hutt mum picks up a poleaxe and fights on the world stage". Stuff. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  4. ^ "'I'm not here for the dancing, I'm here to fight'". The Wireless. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Full contact medieval combat has axes swinging in Hamilton". Stuff. Retrieved 2018-06-11.