The fish-hook shape of the hei matau finds its origins in Maori legend, which holds that the north island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner maui using only a woven line and a bone hook. Legend holds that the shape of Hawkes Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish's side. For the maori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. To see all fishhook necklaces.
In This range we offer a range of Maori and Hawaiian Inspired Fish Hook Necklaces. All our pieces in this Section are Hand Carved from Bovine (Beef Bone) or Buffalo Horn. Earthbound Kiwi employs their own Skilled Carvers, which enable us to bring not only are economical replica range but also are Limited Edition Master Carver range where in a lot of cases, no two pieces will be alike.