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Aeon Giftware

Distinctive New Zealand wooden souvenirs and gifts: Maori waka (canoe), Maori heru (hair combs) and framed Maori tiki, Maori fishhook, manaia and wheku. And more.

Aeon (Ay-on)
is a Latin transliteration from the Koine Greek word ‘ho aion’; it typically refers to life or lifespan. ‘Aeon’ also has associations with ‘age’, ‘longevity’, and ‘medieval’, though more common usage is for any long, indefinite, period of time.

….to us Aeon simply means ‘heirlooms that will last forever’.

Our range of contemporary ethnic New Zealand wooden souvenirs and gifts are inspired by our Maori heritage. We are a passionate bunch of kiwi’s who are proud of who we are and what we do! That passion to create “works of art” that portray the beauty of Maori carving & design has fueled what started as a solitary coaster set 15 years ago into the extensive range of gifts & woodware that Aeon is now able to offer you.

Aeon’s beginnings, like many businesses, grew from a passion – owner Mike Carlton has always been passionate about art, and Maori art/design. In 1990, when tiny Kati Kati township (Eastern Bay of Plenty) was struggling, he was one of a number of volunteers who believed that by depicting the unique history of the area with painted murals on the walls of the town, visitor numbers would increase. Mike’s role included fundraising for the now famous murals, and involved making screen-printed Kauri coasters with mural artwork, and selling them through local craft outlets.

Mike is of Ngati Whakaue descent (a Te Arawa sub-tribe) with affiliations to the Hinemoa Point Marae in Rotorua, New Zealand. His lineage can be traced back to the Te Arawa canoe which first laid ashore in Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the Bay of Plenty after traveling from Hawaiki (Tahiti) in the mid 14th century.
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