Hei Matau ornament
Hei Matau ornament
Hei Matau ornament
Hei Matau ornament
Hei Matau ornament

Hei Matau ornament

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Regular price $1,700.00 Sale price $1,449.00 Save $251.00
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This Hei Matau has been carefully carved and mounted on a driftwood base, creating a beautiful ornamental piece. This was crafted by Master Carver Lee Mullings in our Arrowtown workshop from New Zealand West Coast Greenstone.

The kawakawa stone has been delicately carved and polished with a fine finish. Its sweeping and gentle curves catch the light to showcase the darker specs seen within the stone. A lovely addition to any home or gift to friends or whanau. 


Greenstone hook - 160mm high x 80mm wide x 2-3 mm thick

Complete ornament with wood base - 200mm high

Wood base - 75mm high x 125mm deep


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

It’s meaning originated from the Maori legend of Maui who once caught a great fish using only a woven line and hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. This fish is now said to be the North Island of New Zealand, known as ‘Te Ika a Maui’. Maori would often wear the Hei Matau for practical purposes so that it was not lost while fishing. Eventually, the hook worn around the neck became a good luck charm while fishing and voyaging across water.

The holder of the Hei Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong-willed and determined to succeed in life. As well as a symbol of power, authority, good health and abundance.


Although the greenstone is strong we don’t offer returns if you drop or break your items. If your string needs fixing please contact us for more information. If you are not happy the the greenstone you have purchased please contact us. These will be looked at on a case by case bases.

Sustainable Packaging.

Wherever possible we use sustainable packaging in the our wrapping and packaging to you.

Courier in New Zealand.

We use Courier Post to send the precious stone to you. You will receive a tracking number upon postage. We usually post within 1-2 days from your order.

International Courier.

We most commonly Courier Jade & Greenstone to Australia, USA & UK. However, if you are outside these counties please contact us with your enquire and order. Due to the stone being precious we are required to use a tracked courier service. The Courier prices are at a set price at will show at checkout.

Important Notice!

For overseas orders, any tax or duty charges determined by each country’s customs agency or its authorised service provider, are completely out of Arrowtown Stonework’s control. We do not cover these costs and they are payable by the recipient of the goods. Arrowtown Stonework is not responsible for and will not reimburse any of these charge and duties. Duties will vary depending on the country. We have only have a one or two situations where this has happened to a customer for some particular reason.