Kiri_pu-tapu nui toki in Kawakawa pounamu

Kiri is skin, form, substance.  Pū-tapu is origin or source.  Kiri-pū-tapu – the original form of being. Kiri-pū-tapu describes the fact that this taonga has been minimally worked so that it maintains its original form and skin on one side. So you can see and feel this pounamu in it’s natural state.

This taonga makes a striking statement of strength and whakapapa. While the kiri allows it to be a very grounding, reassuring taonga to wear next to your skin or rub in your hands.

The Toki was one of the most important tools for Māori and were used for any number of everyday jobs such as cutting down trees, carving out waka, digging ground, Moa hunting and food preparations.

Because the toki had to be strong to endure the cutting and scraping motions of its use it became a symbol of strength(particularly in times of adversity), courage and fortitude. It was also worn by elders as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority.

This toki is a truly enduring taonga.  A magnificent piece to journey through life with you and be passed on to the next generation.

He toka tū moana

As durable as a rock pounded by the surf

  • Kawakawa Pounamu from Te Tai Poutini
  • 90mm x 48mm at widest point
  • One of a kind Taonga By Timoti

💚Now every taonga you purchase helps us to carve a taonga for EVERY tamariki in care in Aotearoa. You can read more about our Tū Māia project here. Ngā mihi mahana for your support of this kaupapa!💚



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