Carving Meaning into Stone

Below are Maori designs that have important cultural and spiritual meanings. They tell stories about long-lost ancestors, draw spirits from the heavens, earth, and underworld, show historical lineage, and paint pictures of the natural world that surrounds and has always surrounded them. Even though they are beautiful, they are more than just a work of art. They help people feel close to their ancestors and the natural world they live in.

The Toki (Adze)

The Toki (Adze) is a symbol of strength, determination, and courage in times of adversity. The shape represents a tool often used by Maori.

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The Koru is a symbol that represents both harmony and eternal movement. It also holds powerful meaning symbolising new life, growth, strength, and peace.

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Hei Matau

The Hei Matau is carved in the shape of a stylised fishhook. It represents strength, prosperity, fertility, good luck and safe travel over water.

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Pikorua Twist

The Pikorua represents the enduring and infinite connections we form over our lives. It's often gifted to signify a binding between two entities.

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Circle of Life

The Porowhita symbolises the circle of life, representing the never ending journey of discovery and re-discovery as we progress through life.

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