Toki

Also known as Toki Poutangata, this taonga was often displayed by people of authority.
Representing strength, wisdom and courage. 

Roimata/Tear Drop

The Roimata which means "Tear Drop", is a comfort stone representing strength and courage. This is a gift that can be given to someone in times of grieve to say that they are not alone in times of strife.

Koru

Designed to symbolise the unfurling frond of the iconic silver fern.
Representing new beginnings, growth and harmony. 

Manaia

This symbol is acknowledged as a guardian symbol. Depicting the head of a bird, body of a man and tail of a fish.
Representing the sky, earth and sea and the balance between them. 

Pikorua

The Infinity Twist represents the eternal bond of love, friendship and loyalty between two people or cultures. 
(The Single twist represents a connection between two people, and a double/triple twist is a connection between more than two people.)

Hei Tiki

To Maori the Hei Tiki was a revered tāonga, but the origins of the Tiki are obscure.
To some the Hei Tiki is the first man created by Tane.
Tiki is said to have held a wealth of knowledge and a great teacher of all things and the wearer would posses similar qualities..
In some areas the Hei Tiki would be buried with the guardian and later retrieved by the family and gifted to a family member holding many memories for years to come.
It is also believed by some to be a good luck charm and is regarded as a fertility symbol.

Hei Matau

There are many meanings that are associated with the Hei matau. Two of which are power and authority. The Hei Matau and Toki received these.


Why? 
It is said that things which were important to Māori, received those meanings. Toki to carve waka, to carve ngā rākau riri a Tū (weapons), and fortify pā. The use of the Hei Matau was to catch kai/food, to feed our people.


Who would wear a Hei Matau? 
People who possess these qualities or who are transitioning into them. Also, these taonga are typically worn by people who have a deep respect and connection with the ocean, the frequent traveller or someone/group who are heading abroad, as it is believed to provide good fortune and safety when travelling over water.

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