Te Ika-a-Māui – unique pounamu necklace

Here is an absolutely stunning, absolutely unique taonga that just radiates strength and history and connection. This taonga is an expression of love for Māori legends and their importance to us today as we reclaim what was lost. 

Te Ika-a-Māui is a strong pendant, a bold pendant.  The front face shows us the mountains and valleys of the North Island. The back is smooth and black, like the ocean floor. Furthermore, Tim even carved Māui’s fishhook from the jawbone of a pig (as close to a human jawbone as we could get). This taonga tells the story of Māui fishing up the North Island of Aotearoa.

But it is more than just a story. The tale of Māui fishing up the North Island is a tale of adventure and tenacity.  It is a story of whanau relationships(the good and the bad). Above all, it shows us what can happen if we take risks and go against the flow.  Maui stepped out of the square, he questioned everything, he wanted to see and experience things for himself to test the knowledge, to learn the truth.  This is the story Tim found in the stone.  This is the story he shared with you through this carving of Te Ika-a-Māui.  

⭐️A one-of-a-kind taonga by Timoti, so you can be assured your taonga is as unique as you are.

⭐️132mm length x 87mm wide

The Story

Ngati Porou are descendants of Māui-Tikitiki-a-Taranga. Tim is of Ngati Porou descent.  This is the carving of his story.  And of all those who whakapapa back to Māui.  Rather than retell the legend here we are going to point you in the direction of this beautiful retelling of the story by the children of Mahora school.



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