Whai Pounamu – Pounamu Stingray pendant

Whai or, as you may know them, Stingray are stunning creatures wouldn’t you agree?  I think we all admire their strength coupled with their graceful flowing movement, so contradictory yet so perfect..

Whai are important for many Māori iwi as kaitiaki of shellfish and the seabed. And of course whai are central to the Māori creation story of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, the fish of Māui. I won’t retell that story here but give it a google if you haven’t heard it before.

Look closely at the photos of Whai Pounamu.  You can see the waves of the ocean and the deep water of its home in the pounamu itself.

Tim left one side of Whai Pounamu raw as a nod to the very fact that a whai is also the source of the whenua under our feet (when you are on Te Ika-A-Māui).  This is great for someone who likes to fidget too – smooth and polished or rough and natural, pick your mood!

Whai – graceful, majestic, strong but gentle, kaitiaki (guardians) and the whenua under our feet.

  • One of a kind taonga by Timoti
  • Inanga pounamu from Te Tai Poutini
  • 63mm length x 84mm wide



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