Kōkōtangiwai Roimata pebble

This taonga is one complete Tangiwai pebble. It has its own natural roimata shape. When you pick up these small taonga pebbles you know they have to stay just as they are.  They cannot be cut and shaped to suit our plans.  Tim lightly polished it and popped a hole in I, so you can wear it next to your skin all day and feel its presence.   Straight from Papatūānuku to you.  A very soothing, grounding taonga.

Kōkōtangiwai(often known as just Tangiwai) is the tears Ranginui cried when he was eternally separated from his wahine, Papatūānuku. As his tears fell on to Papatūānuku they solidified into the most beautiful, transluscent pounamu called Kōkōtangiwai. 

Tangi is to cry, wai is water.  Kōkōtangwai is a deep sorrow that is never completely healed.  I think most of us carry the memories of a lost loved one who sits deep in our hearts, a sweet sorrow.

Roimata are the tears cried by two sacred albatross that accompanied Pourangahua to Aotearoa.

So you can see, this taonga is a tear formed by Papatūānuku.  It may express a deep an abiding aroha or sorrow of separation.  Carry Papatūānuku’s strength with you throughout the day. Hold on to your pebble if you are feeling anxious or frightened. It is incredible how soothing a pounamu pebble can be.

  • One of a kind, taonga by Timoti
  • Tangiwai Pounamu from Piopiotahi
  • 75mm length x 35mm width

💚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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