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Uncompromising in quality and uniquely Māori 

Āhua brings you a wide-ranging collection of taonga Māori from our Master carvers and weavers, alongside Māori artists and practitioners throughout Aotearoa.

New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts dedicated Exhibition Gallery for all the taonga created within the Wananga.  Beautiful works of arts from our National Schools and Graduated Artists are displayed for your veiwing pleasure.  Visit Te Puia and participate in a Guided Experience - Te Ra and you will get to visit the schools where all the action happens before visiting our very special Ahua Gallery. 

Whats even better, you can request a tailor made taonga! Visit our Commission a Project at NZMACI.  From sentimental whānau pieces to significant commissioned projects, NZMACI can design, create and deliver your taonga.

If you would like to know some more about our Tumu (Head of Schools) and Pouako (Tutors) please visit our Artists page.

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Hei Matau - 5246HW

Coastal and river-based Māori tribes traditionally used a variety of fishhooks and lures. Hooks and lures varied in shape, material and design. Today hei matau (fishhooks) have become symbolic of traditional Māori technology and continue to symbolize a relationship to Tangaroa, God of the sea.

Material: Koiwi (Beef Bone)

Measurements: 48mm x 35mm
$290.00

Kete Whakairo - 5106HM

Kete whakairo are woven flax bags of a finer quality than the general utilitarian kete. They are normally made from prepared strips of flax and/or kiekie, some of which have been dyed. Kete whakairo may also feature geometric designs. Material: Harakeke.

Material: Harakeke & Muka

Measurements: 245mm x 185mm x 60mm
$420.00

Kete Whakairo - 5128HM

Kete whakairo are woven flax bags of a finer quality than the general utilitarian kete. They are normally made from prepared strips of flax and/or kiekie, some of which have been dyed. Kete whakairo may also feature geometric designs. Material: Harakeke.

Material: Harakeke & Muka

Measurements: 255mm x 185mm
$420.00

Re Niho - 3530KH

The mark of a high Chief was one who wore the hei niho (whale tooth pendant), as the teeth of the sperm whale were highly prized because of their rarity. Usually these pendants had simply etched out eyes to form a head at one end. With actual whale teeth being such a rarity, it became common to fashion the tooth form from other materials.

Material: Onewa (NZ Greywacke)

Measurements: 85mm x 30mm x 10mm
$395.00

Tokotoko - 2146TH

Tokotoko are used when speaking on the marae – by esteemed orators – to indicate the direction of a speaker’s kōrero (speech). They often have the whakapapa (genealogy) of the orator carved into them and these can also be referenced by the orator during his address.

Material: Rātā

Measurements: 970mm x 45mm x 35mm
$3,700.00

Hei Niho - 3888MA

Shark teeth were highly sought after to wear as a symbol of prestige for personal adornment. They were reflective of the mana of the shark itself.

Artist Meaning: Kaiaua

Ko Kaiaua te wahi I kohia tēnei Onewa, ka tuku mihi ki taua wahi, ne ngā kohatu e takoto ki reira.

“whakapono, tumanako me te aroha, ngā tihi tokotoru o tēnei pakaikai”.

Material: Onewa (NZ Greywacke)

Measurements: 76mm x 30mm x 7mm
$290.00

Hei Niho - 3889MA

Shark teeth were highly sought after to wear as a symbol of prestige for personal adornment. They were reflective of the mana of the shark itself.

Artist Meaning: Tiwha Tuauriuri

The Black hole - I ahu mai tēnei īngoa nā te tae pango o te kohatu me te taura.

‘ma pango, ma whero, ka oti ai te mahi’

Material: Onewa (NZ Greywacke)

Measurements: 70mm x 20mm x 10mm
$290.00

Hei Niho - 3893MA

Shark teeth were highly sought after to wear as a symbol of prestige for personal adornment. They were reflective of the mana of the shark itself.

Material: Onewa (NZ Greywacke)

Measurements: 90mm x 47mm x 10mm
$370.00

Hei Niho - 3895MA

Shark teeth were highly sought after to wear as a symbol of prestige for personal adornment. They were reflective of the mana of the shark itself.

Material: Onewa (NZ Greywacke)

Measurements: 140mm x 38mm x 27mm
$390.00

Kapeu - 4393IR

Kapeu are slender adornments with a slight bend at the bottom and were often worn as ear pendants. Kapeu were highly prized and a sign of high rank in Māori society. They are commonly also worn as neck pendants. As with many Māori personal adornments kapeu are often passed down generationally.

Material: Pounamu (Tokatea)

Measurements: 145mm x 12mm x 8mm
$520.00

Kete Whakairo - 2440AM

Kete whakairo are woven flax bags of a finer quality than the general utilitarian kete. They are normally made from prepared strips of flax and/or kiekie, some of which have been dyed. Kete whakairo may also feature geometric designs.

Material: Harakeke & Muka

Measurements: 250mm x 180mm
$445.00

Rei Puta - 3529KH

The mark of a high Chief was one who wore the Rei Puta (whale tooth pendant), as the teeth of the Sperm Whale were highly prized because of their rarity. With actual whale teeth being such a rarity, it became common to fashion the tooth form from other materials.

Material: Onewa (NZ Greywacke)

Measurements: 115mm x 39mm x 24mm
$990.00