New Zealand kahurangi pounamu hei matau

NZD $184.00 ($160.00 EX GST)


New Zealand south island west coast marsden river kahurangi pounamu hei matau/fish hook



7cm length x 3.5 cm width


Pounamu is harder than steel, however it is still vulnerable to shock and impact.  So don’t drop it! (Na, kidding, but really, don’t drop it!) Pounamu will absorb your natural body oils, so doesn’t require any special cleaning products.  Sometimes when we go through emotional trauma, we may feel our Pounamu taonga requires a ‘cleanse’.  This can be done simply through wai (water). Nylon can be wet with no issues, it is waxed so it remains water resistant.  We recommend keeping an eye on your cord!  Its the holder of your taonga (treasure).  Lifespan depends on the individual wearer.  Over time the wax will wear off.  You can re-wax it by running the cord through plain uncoloured candle wax.  Chlorine from pools will speed up the deterioration of nylon over time.

Hei Matau

The Hei matau is a modern stylised fish hook that symbolises the importance of fishing to maori people of Aotearoa. They represent good luck and safe travel across water.