New Zealand kawakawa pounamu hei toki
NZD $138.00 ($120.00 EX GST)
New Zealand south island west coast hokitika river kawakawa pounamu hei toki
7.3cm length x 2.7 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.
The Hei Toki is a symbol of courage and strength in times of adversity. Hei Toki were worn by Māori elders as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority. The toki (adze) was a chisel tool used by the Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) to carve their great canoes and carved detailing on their meeting houses.