Authentic greenstone matau pendant. Matau means fishhook in Maori language.
The traditional roots of this taonga found in the legend of Maui who used a magical hook to fish up the Aotearoa’ s North Island. Contemporarily, the matau has come to represent prosperity, abundance and safe travels across water.
All Pounamu is sacred and highly valued by Ngāi Tahu, the most southern tribe of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Carving this sacred stone has been a cornerstone of our culture for hundreds of years and we are honoured that you have chosen to adorn yourself with this most scared gift.
This greenstone pendant represents the search for knowledge. Or ‘mātauranga’ in Maori language. And has a connection to Mauī who with the sacred knowledge of his ancestor left Hawaiki and discovered Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Waewae Pounamu is the home of Ngāti Waewae Pounamu carving.
- Tai Poutini ki te toka, South Island
- 78mm x 30mm (3.07″ x 1.18″)
This rawstone is Kawakawa, the darkest and strongest form of Pounamu. Its colour ranges from a medium green to a dark forest green, and is not typically translucent. It is named for the native kawakawa plant which traditionally used for its culinary and medicinal properties.
Endless combinations of Pounamu types occur, and no two pieces are the same guaranteeing that your Pounamu is unique.
Tai Poutini ki te Raki
Your stone was sourced from the rivers of Tai Poutini ki te Raki, the northern region of the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. This area covers the rugged land just north of the Franz Josef glacier, up through the Westland towns of Hokitika and Greymouth.
This stone is a taonga (treasure) to Ngāi Tahu, and in particular the peoples of Te Tai o Poutini, the West Coast of the South Island where most pounamu is found and carved. Beautiful greenstone fishhook.
The stone began it’s journey here millions of years ago, the mountains of the Te Waipounamu forming in this time and, in doing so, pushing the narrow bands of earth containing Pounamu up to the surface. From here the action of rivers and glaciers released the stone from its host rock into screes, river gravel and glacial deposits.
This authentic greenstone matau pendant is now yours to protect, to treasure and, eventually, to pass on to the next generation.