New Zealand Pounamu - Hei MatauNew Zealand Pounamu
New Zealand Pounamu - Authenticated Ngai Tahu Pounamu.
Traditional Kahurangi Hei Matau hook made from Kawakawa Greenstone.
The traditional roots of this taonga found in the legend of Maui who used a magical hook to fish up Te Ika-a-Māui - the North Island of Aotearoa.
Contemporarily, the matau has come to represent prosperity, abundance and safe travels across water.
When you enter the authentication code online this identifies the origin and whakapapa of the stone. It will describe how it was extracted and processed and tell you who the artist was that carved it. It will explain that the stone has been treated according to the customary respect and carved with every possible care.