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.