Inanga Inanga – two little Inanga pendants

These two cute little Inanga pendants are an ode to the popular, and at-risk, native Inanga (Galaxias maculatus) fish. More commonly known as whitebait.

Inanga have distinctive silvery bellies and speckles. Hence the name of this silvery speckled pounamu is Inanga.

Inanga are a fascinating wee fish. A few days before a full and new moon from February to May Inanga migrate downstream to the place where freshwater meets seawater coming upstream. They congregate here, waiting for a very high, spring tide so that they can work their way up the bank and lay their eggs in the vegetation. Here the eggs sit and develop until the next Marama Hua (full moon) brings another spring tide allowing the eggs to hatch and be carried downstream. They spend the next months at sea before they migrate upstream as whitebait and grow into adult fish. And the cycle begins again.

I’ve listed these two together because Inanga moves in shoals so it seemed right that these little beauties stayed together. You can take them home individually or as a pair. They are similar but different. Maybe you could share the second taonga with that special person who you like to move through life with?

Two lovely little inanga pendants – elegant, fun, ataahua.

  • Inanga gathered from Te Tau Ihu awa
  • Length 113mm x 15mm and 115mm x 10mm
  • Two unique little beauties
  • These can be bought individually or as a pair. Price is for one pendant.


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