(Fish Hook)

Stylized Māori bone carving fish hooks express strength, prosperity, abundance, fertility and a great respect for the sea.

Used as a practical tool for fishing they were often decorated to signify a sign of respect for those creatures from the sea.

Inlays of beautiful rainbow colored Pāua shell are sometimes incorporated to enhance the design.

Hei-Matau symbolizes power and authority, which by the Māori, are held in great reverence.

Travelers also wear this element to provide good luck and safety while travelling over water.